How Do Braces Work?

As a parent, you know and understand the importance of straight teeth. If a child or adolescent’s teeth are misaligned in any way whatsoever, it could result it complications in chewing, talking, and with their self-esteem.

In fact, their smile may have a severe malocclusion that results in embarrassment, sores on the inner soft tissue areas of the mouth, and an increased possibility of developing severe oral infections.

Misaligned teeth often result in the development of cavities and tooth decay because they are more difficult to brush, floss, and care for each day.

In severe cases of misaligned teeth, a child may develop complications in the jaw, discomfort, and even severe degrees of pain. To overcome the challenges of misaligned or crooked teeth, you may elect to have braces put in your child’s mouth.

In this brief article, we will touch on the basics of braces and explain how these orthodontic treatments work.

The Parts

Braces are effective at straightening misaligned teeth because it exerts a gently amount of pressure on the teeth over a designated amount of time. This pressure actually straightens the teeth as they are growing. Additionally, they will straighten teeth that have already grown in from the gums. There are three basic parts to each set of braces. By becoming familiar with these components, you will gain a better understanding of exactly how the orthodontic treatment works. The parts and a brief description of each are as follows:

  1. BracketsThese are the components of the braces that are directly attached to each of the teeth.
  2. Arch WireThis is a thin-based wire that is designed to run from one bracket to the next.
  3. BondingThis is a specially-designed material that directly attaches the bracket of the braces to the tooth.

Today’s Braces

clear retainerOriginally, braces formed a look that resembled that of a railroad track; however, today’s braces come in an assortment of styles.

Children may obtain clear braces, colored braces, braces that are placed on the back area of the teeth, and other varieties. Once the braces have served their purpose, the pediatric dentist will remove them.

The child will then be provided with a removal-based mouth appliance called a “retainer”. This device aids in keeping the teeth straight.

If you have an interest in obtaining braces for your child or simply learning more about braces, contact Richmond Family Dentistry today by calling the following number: