Braces are beneficial to both adults and children.
Braces work by gently applying pressure on your teeth over time and moving them into their desired, new position.
Traditional braces consist of three components:
- Brackets are "handles" that are bonded to the outside surface of your teeth. Silver brackets are the most common type of brackets, but you may also choose clear brackets, which minimize the appearance of braces.
- Archwire is the wire that connects to each bracket and curves around the upper or lower set of teeth. The wire delivers the pressure, which moves the teeth.
- Ligatures are tiny rubber rings used to tie the archwire to each bracket. The rubber rings are usually grey, but coloured or clear ligatures are also available.
Less noticeable, clear braces
To minimize the appearance of traditional metal braces, you may choose clear brackets (sometimes called ceramic braces) and clear ligatures.
The treatment process
After we take photographs, x-rays, and moulds of your teeth, we design a treatment plan for you. Applying the braces on your teeth is done in one appointment. Afterwards, your teeth may feel sensitive, and the braces may affect your speech and eating for a few days. You will soon get used to them.
Braces put mild pressure on the teeth and gradually shift them into new positions. The jaw responds to the pressure by dissolving bone in the path of the moving tooth and laying down new bone behind it.
You will have monthly orthodontist appointments so we can check on the progress of your treatment and tighten the archwires. After these appointments, you may feel pressure for a few days.
Taking care of your braces
It is important to keep your braces and teeth clean and free of food particles. We will provide special brushes to keep braces clean, and show you how to floss with braces. We also recommend that you continue to see your dentist every six months for regular cleaning and check-ups.
You will need to avoid certain foods while you wear braces, especially sticky foods, such as taffy, caramel, and gum, and hard food, such as apples, corn-on-the-cob, and hard rolls.
If a bracket or wire irritates your cheek or gum, apply a small amount of wax to the metal to create a barrier between it and your mouth. We will provide you with the wax.
After caring for your braces and regularly visiting the orthodontist throughout treatment, you will be rewarded with healthy teeth and a beautiful smile.