How Do Braces Move Teeth?

Imagine turning the key in a lock, opening the door to a straighter smile and a future of enhanced dental well-being with Dietrich and Kelso Orthodontics. That’s the power of braces, a marvel of orthodontic treatment that our doctors masterfully simplify for you. Through this blog, we invite you on an engaging exploration into the science and artistry behind braces, revealing how each meticulous step meticulously crafts the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Let’s take a closer look!

Understanding the Basics of Braces

Braces are a cornerstone of orthodontic treatment, designed to correct dental imperfections like crooked teeth, spacing, and misalignments. 

At Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics, we harness the power of braces to not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your smile but also improve oral health. By applying controlled pressure through brackets and wires, braces gradually shift teeth into their ideal positions. This process not only results in a more harmonious smile but also promotes better bite function and easier oral hygiene. As we explore the intricacies of braces, we’ll reveal how this dynamic system transforms smiles and lives.

Let’s now discover the components that make up this transformative system, shedding light on how each part works in concert to create the perfect smile.

The Components of Braces

At the heart of braces lies a sophisticated ensemble of parts, each contributing uniquely to the journey of aligning your smile. Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics employs these components with precision, ensuring every phase of your treatment is tailored to meet your dental goals:

  • Brackets: These small metal or ceramic pieces are attached to each tooth, serving as anchors for the treatment. They act as handles, holding the archwire that moves the teeth.
  • Archwire: A thin metal wire that runs through the brackets, applying constant pressure on the teeth. This wire is the main force in guiding teeth into their new positions.
  • Bands and Spacers: Bands are ring-like metals fixed around the tooth, providing additional anchor points. Spacers are temporary devices used to create small gaps between teeth, preparing them for the placement of bands.
  • Elastics (Rubber Bands): Used in most cases to apply additional pressure, elastics help correct the alignment between the upper and lower jaws by pulling the jaw into the correct position.

Understanding these components illuminates the path braces take to achieve their goal. Next, we’ll explore the mechanics of tooth movement, revealing the science behind how braces gently coax your teeth into perfect alignment.

How Do Braces Move Teeth?

The Mechanics of Tooth Movement

The magic of braces unfolds through a meticulous process known as orthodontic tooth movement. The underlying science is both fascinating and complex, involving a delicate balance of forces:

Pressure and Reaction

Braces work by applying continuous pressure on the teeth. This pressure stimulates a biological response in the tissues surrounding the teeth, leading to the remodeling of bone. On the side facing the pressure, bone is resorbed, and on the opposite side, new bone is formed.

Bone Remodeling

This is the cornerstone of orthodontic movement, where the periodontal ligament—a soft tissue layer between the tooth and bone—plays a pivotal role. As pressure is applied, cells called osteoclasts break down bone on the pressure side, while osteoblasts build new bone on the tension side. This dynamic process allows teeth to move through the bone gradually.

The journey of braces is a testament to the body’s remarkable ability to adapt and reshape. With every adjustment at Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics, your smile edges closer to its ideal form. Now that we’ve unveiled how braces move teeth, our final section will look into the phases of treatment and what you can expect during your transformation.

The Phases of Braces Treatment

Braces treatment at Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics is a journey that unfolds in various key phases, each critical to achieving that harmonious smile. Understanding these stages can help demystify the process and set clear expectations for what lies ahead:

  1. Initial Consultation and Planning: This initial stage involves thorough examinations, including X-rays and digital scans, to create a customized treatment plan. It’s where we determine the specific needs and outline the course of action.
  1. Installation of Braces: The next step is the actual application of braces. Brackets are bonded to the teeth, and the archwire is placed. This setup begins with a gentle push and pulls on the teeth, guiding them toward alignment.
  1. Regular Adjustments: Periodic visits to our office are essential. During these appointments, the Doctors will adjust the tension on the archwires and make any necessary modifications to the braces. These adjustments are key to progressing through the treatment phases efficiently.
  1. Monitoring Progress: Throughout the treatment, regular check-ups allow us to monitor progress and ensure teeth are moving according to plan. It’s a time to celebrate the small victories as your smile transforms.
  1. Removal and Retention: The final phase involves removing the braces and revealing your new smile. However, to maintain these results, a retainer is required to ensure teeth stay in their new positions.

Each phase of treatment at Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics is designed with your ultimate smile in mind. 

How Do Braces Move Teeth?

Securing Your Smile’s Future

At Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics, our commitment to excellence doesn’t end when your braces come off. The journey to a perfect smile extends into ensuring your results last a lifetime. With various Central Florida locations primed to serve you, we’re equipped to provide you with comprehensive aftercare, including the use of retainers to maintain your new alignment. 

Embracing the changes braces bring not only enhances your smile but also bolsters your confidence and oral health. We invite you to schedule a free consultation with us and take the first step towards a lasting transformation. Your dream smile awaits at Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics!