Dental braces are still the most popular choice for people bringing crooked teeth or misaligned bites into line and improving people’s appearance and self-confidence in the process.
But have you ever wondered how braces work to straighten teeth? In this article, we look at how dental braces work and the ways in which each component of braces work together to straighten your teeth.
How Do Braces Work?
There are many different forms of braces these days, with traditional metal and wire braces still proving a very effective and popular option for straightening teeth. Traditional braces use a combination of brackets and wires attached to the front of your teeth.
The brackets grip onto your teeth while the wires are loosened or tightened. Together, each of these components works to move your teeth into the desired position and achieve a healthier, more attractive smile.
What Are Braces Made from?
Traditional braces are generally made from metal or stainless steel, with the brackets made from materials of different types, including plastic, metal, ceramic or a combination.
Some orthodontists also offer tooth-coloured brackets, providing a far less visible and more discreet appearance than the conventional metal type. Clear braces are generally made of porcelain composite or plastic.
How Long Do Braces Take to Work?
Many people also wonder about the length of time that braces need to be worn for before they will see a result. Your treatment time will depend on your existing mouth structure and how far your teeth need to be moved. After all, each person’s teeth and jaw are different.
Some cases will take only a few months while others can take years. Your orthodontist will also take into account such factors as your age and health, as adult patients may require longer treatments due to denser jaw bones.
Generally speaking, traditional braces take between 6 and 24 months to straighten teeth while the Invisalign treatment may be faster. When you speak to your orthodontist, they will outline your treatment options and expected treatment times.
Want More Information About How Braces Work?
Take a look through our smile gallery to see the results that can be achieved through braces. Interested in getting started on straightening your teeth?
Talking to an experienced and professional dentist is always the best way to determine the right treatment option for your smile.