How Do Braces Work?
Are you searching for the perfect smile? If so, you probably have heard that there are different types of orthodontic treatment to help you achieve a straight smile. Whether it be metal braces, or clear aligners such as Invisalign. But, how exactly do these treatments work?
In this article, hear from our specialist orthodontist Dr Trudy Stewart about our most popular treatment method, braces, and how they work to straighten your teeth and smile.
How Do Braces Work?
Orthodontic braces consist of a series of brackets that are attached to the front of the teeth, and an archwire that runs through the brackets. This archwire gently applies pressure to the brackets, which help guide the teeth into their correct position.
When we think about teeth, we often imagine them being in a ‘fixed’ position with the root of the tooth fixed into the jawbone, like the foundations of a building. However, in reality, your teeth are actually surrounded by a thin, slightly flexible tissue called the Periodontal Ligament, which secures the tooth to the bone. In order to correct misaligned teeth, an orthodontist must slowly move the teeth towards their desired position. In doing this, the ligament and bone surrounding each individual tooth must gradually remodel to allow the teeth to move to their new positions.
During your regular appointments with Dr Trudy, she will routinely check the progression of your tooth movement and periodically adjust and replace your wires, which will gradually shift the teeth into their proper positions. Dr Trudy will only make these adjustments when she feels that the teeth are ready, to ensure your smile is as healthy as possible.
How Long Does It Take For Braces To Work?
The process of correcting tooth alignment with braces isn’t quick. In order for your tooth roots to stay healthy during treatment, we need to give the ligaments and bone surrounding the teeth enough time to remodel. Properly correcting the alignment of a tooth could take anywhere from 6-24 months, depending on the degree of movement required.
Why is Orthodontic Treatment With Braces Important?
There are many reasons as to why orthodontic treatment with braces is important. Often, people only associate braces treatment with cosmetics, meaning it makes your smile look nicer. However, Dr Trudy Stewart frequently treats patients to prevent wear to the teeth caused by a misaligned bite.
Where to Start Braces Treatment In Perth?
If you live in Perth, Western Australia, Dr Trudy Stewart is a specialist orthodontist in the area who can help correct your smile with braces treatment. Dr Stewart’s practice, Noranda Orthodontics, is located in Noranda at 75 Camboon Road.
If you’re a patient looking for braces treatment, or a parent looking for treatment for your child. Please contact us on (08) 9276 1179 to arrange a no obligation consultation to discuss how we can help!