Braces patients often don't really understands the ins and outs of how they work. Here, we describes some of the basics so you can better understand what goes on in your mouth during orthodontic treatment!
At Langley Orthodontics, we know that patients who are informed and knowledgeable about their orthodontic treatment are more likely to make it through without any setbacks.
With that fact in mind, we want to share with you how each part of your braces works.
What do braces do?
Braces straighten your teeth through the application of continuous pressure over an extended period of time. As your teeth shift, the bone around them changes shape as a result of the pressure applied.
Braces are made up of a variety of parts, and all these parts serve specific purposes. The following are the basic parts that make up most sets of braces.
Arch wires create the pressure that moves the teeth, and are attached to the brackets. These can be clear, tooth-coloured, or metal.
Brackets are the small squares that are bonded to each of your teeth. These can made of several different materials, and can be placed on either the fronts or backs of your teeth. Brackets hold the arch wires, which move the teeth, in place.
Orthodontic bands are anchors for the brackets that are made of stainless steel.
Elastic ties fasten the arch wires to the brackets. They're made of rubber, and come in a wide range of colours.
Elastics or rubber bands are attached to hooks on the brackets. Using pressure, these bands move the upper and lower teeth into the correct positions in relation to each other.