How Do Braces Work?
If you have struggled with less-than-perfect teeth, it may be time to get them straightened. Many people use clear aligners from Invisalign to improve their smiles.
Braces or Invisalign can fix crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth. They can also fix overbites and underbites. Many people get braces while in their teen years, but plenty of adults get them later in life as well. The process may be a little different, though, and it can take longer to get the results you desire.
Braces work by applying constant pressure to the teeth and jaws. This is accomplished by the use of brackets, which are fitted to the teeth and secured in place with an archwire. This setup causes the teeth to shift their positions, changing the appearance of the smile. The pressure forces the crooked teeth to move into alignment.
To better understand this process, it helps to have an understanding of how teeth are constructed. The visible portion of the tooth is surrounded by gum tissue. The lower part of the tooth is encased in soft tissue, known as the periodontal membrane.
As the pressure from the braces is applied, the periodontal membrane stretches on one side and compresses on the other. This causes the tooth to loosen slightly, with new bone then forming to support the tooth. This is a process known as bone remodeling, and this is what is done to straighten crooked teeth.
There are three phases to the teeth straightening process:
- Phase one. The first step is to shift the teeth so they sit side by side. The teeth may need to be moved up, down, or across to position the edges in a straight line.
- Phase two. The second step involves adjusting the braces to correct bite problems and close the gaps.
- Phase three. Later on in the treatment process, the dentists will fine-tune the straightening, so every tooth is in its best position before removing the braces.
Why You Should Choose Invisalign
If you have gaps or misaligned teeth, Invisalign is a great way to help you feel better about yourself and get your smile looking great once again. They work very effectively and take just a couple of years to straighten teeth so you can eat better. Plus, they can minimize headaches and jaw pain. They can also make it easier for you to clean your teeth by filling in spaces.
Braces and Invisalign are an affordable way to boost self-confidence. They are not out of reach; ask your dentist about payment plans and other options.
Contact Our Ypsilanti Dentist Office Today About Braces
Braces may seem like an old-fashioned way to straighten teeth, but they are tried and true. They are effective for even the most severe cases. We are able to solve many issues that result from not having straight teeth. We have experts in the use of clear aligner therapy and on the rare occasion someone needs traditional braces, we can recommend a great orthodontist who can treat the most severe cases.
If you are having alignment problems or are dealing with overbites, underbites, crowded teeth, or gaps, the team at Comprehensive Dentistry can fix them. We offer many services to cure your dental woes. Schedule an appointment today by calling (734) 390-4337 or filling out the online form.