Braces are a commonly used solution to realign your bite and straighten crooked teeth. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth which often occurs between the front two teeth. There are many options to choose from when considering braces. Brackets are a popular option. They are bonded to the front of each tooth and a wire is run through them. During your time with braces, additional wires can be placed and tightened around these brackets. Small bands going from one bracket to another are also often implemented with brackets. The additional wires and bands further assist in shifting the teeth. Invisible aligners are a nice aesthetically pleasing option. You receive a series of clear aligners that each cause minor adjustments to the teeth. Lingual-Type brackets are similar to brackets, but they are attached to the back side of your teeth. Mini-braces are also similar to traditional bracket braces, but they are significantly smaller. These are often chosen for cosmetic reasons.
You’re probably wondering how the magic of braces work. Braces constantly apply pressure to teeth other a period of time. This pressure slowly causes the teeth to shift. Sometimes additional hardware such as extra wires or bands are used to make the teeth move even more. These can be used in many cases such as when a patient’s teeth are very crowded and overlap. On average, braces are worn for one to three years.
After your braces are removed, you will receive a retainer. Retainers must be worn to maintain the effects of your braces. If not, your teeth can shift back to how they were beforehand. One fun part of getting a retainer is picking out your design! Usually retainers are removable, but permanent ones can also be placed. In the period, right after your braces are removed, you will have to wear your retainer day and night. After a period of time, you only need to wear it at night.