How Do Braces Work?

How do Braces Work?
Posted on 12/23/2020

At Taddeo Orthodontics, we use braces to achieve beautiful, straight smiles for all of our patients. Braces are incredibly durable, effective, and have stood the test of time. They continue to be the “go-to” option for orthodontic treatment because they can solve mild to severe orthodontic issues. That being said, many patients don’t actually know how braces work and how their teeth move. The good news is, our orthodontist and staff can break down how braces work in easy and simple terms. That way, you don’t have to be an orthodontist to understand braces.

Braces Apply a Light Force to Move Teeth

When a light push or force is applied to a tooth, the bone surrounding this tooth can be remodeled. Our bones that hold our teeth in place can be slowly reshaped using a light force like braces or Invisalign. In the simplest terms, at the beginning of a patient’s orthodontic treatment or when they visit the orthodontist to tighten their wires and brackets, this light force is applied by the braces. A patient’s teeth will move during the first few days after this force is applied. That’s why your teeth can feel sore or have minor discomfort for a few days, your teeth are moving and the braces are hard at work!

drtaddeo-blog12232020The light force of braces is specific and must be done in a careful manner so as to not damage the tissues surrounding the teeth and bone. It is also imperative to follow the instructions of your orthodontist to ensure your orthodontic treatment is following the plan. Even one day not wearing your elastics or having a broken wire or bracket can disrupt the teeth movement and your orthodontic treatment plan. For your individualized orthodontics in, your orthodontist may use a combination of brackets, wires, and elastics or clear aligners to apply this light force and eventually move your teeth.

Contact Taddeo Orthodontics to Schedule Your Braces Appointment!

If you are interested in braces for yourself or a family member, please do not hesitate to contact Taddeo Orthodontics in Orlando. We offer a number of different types of braces and Invisalign to customize your orthodontic treatment to your individual needs. Request an appointment online today! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics

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