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Braces are an effective way to correct a wide range of oral conditions including bad bite or malocclusion, crooked or protruding teeth, misaligned jaws or a misalignment anywhere in the mouth. Although you may have heard about braces and how they can correct conditions like this, you may still be wondering: How do braces work?
Braces work using brackets that are glued to your teeth. These brackets have small slots where orthodontic wires are inserted. The orthodontic wires are held in place by small elastic ties that are designed to fit around the brackets. Since each of your teeth are a different shape and size each bracket is custom-made to fit each individual tooth.
Throughout your treatment, the orthodontic wires will apply light, consistent pressure to your teeth, moving them into the desired position. Technology for braces has come s a long way in recent years. Not long ago the only option was stainless steel wires, but now there is a range of advanced wires available to help move your teeth more comfortably and more efficiently.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Gutiérrez, we will take diagnostic records which include digital X-rays and photographs as well as a 3D scan to provide a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. With today’s advanced technology, we can begin treatment on the same day.
When you initially get your braces installed, the first wire or two will usually be very flexible. Although this wire will be flexible, it will still be strong enough to apply constant pressure to your teeth. As your treatment progresses and your teeth begin to straighten, Dr. Gutiérrez will use wires that are thicker and firmer to continue moving your teeth into the ideal position.
When it comes to rubber bands or elastics, many of our patients will need to wear them at some point during their treatment to achieve an optimal bite. The rubber bands or elastics usually go from one or more of the upper braces to one or more of the lower braces to help move your teeth in the desired direction.
During your orthodontic treatment, it important to be sure to go to every scheduled appointment. At these appointments, we will adjust your braces, swapping out the wires for thicker, firmer wires to continue putting pressure on your teeth. Your appointments for these adjustments will be scheduled four to eight weeks apart to make sure your teeth have time to move.