Braces can help you achieve incredible results and correct even the most crooked or misaligned teeth. The great thing about orthodontic treatment is that it doesn't really have an age limit. You can get braces when you are a child, a teen, or even later in your adulthood.
Considering all this, one might wonder: how do braces work, and what makes them so effective?
Here's a quick answer.
So, How Do Braces Move Your Teeth?
Braces work by putting constant pressure on your teeth and jaw to alter their position. The wires are the ones that put pressure on your teeth. These are held into place by brackets, which are glued to the surface of your teeth with a special adhesive. In time, the constant pressure will force the teeth to move into their correct position.
Of course, the biomechanics of braces are greatly helped by the anatomy of your teeth and jaw. The ligaments that surround your teeth and jawbone can stretch and compress as your teeth move. When the teeth are moved into their correct position, the ligament will compress and a new bone will form on the other side to fill in the gap.
What Braces Move Teeth the Fastest
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, it's not about how fast you can move the teeth, but how effective the treatment is.
Braces generally move your teeth slowly not only because it's more effective, but because it's comfortable too. If the dentist would apply too much pressure and would try to move the teeth too fast, it will not only be painful but the entire treatment could also be compromised as the root of the teeth can be damaged during the process.
The length of the treatment will also depend on your orthodontic problems. If your issue is minor, then you can expect to see noticeable results in just a few months. If the problem is more complex, then you may need to wear your braces for a couple of years until you can get the desired results.
With that in mind, clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are considered to offer the fastest correction speed. However, clear aligners only work for mild or moderate malocclusions, so if your problem is more severe, then you may need to wear traditional metal braces to correct it.
The best way to shorten the amount of time you need to wear your braces is by following your dentist's instructions.
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