use steady, gentle pressure over time to move teeth into their proper positions.
They don't look like they're doing much just sitting there. But,
in fact, every moment of your orthodontic treatment, there is something
happening in your mouth. Something good for you. The brackets
we place on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them, are the
two main components. The bracket is a piece of specially shaped metal
or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. Then we bend the archwire
to reflect your "ideal" bite - what we want you to look like after treatment.
| Now that you have decided to start
to go to the orthodontist, you might wonder HOW DO
BRACES WORK? Here is a short explanation from Dr. Echols:
threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original
shape, it applies pressure to actually move your teeth. Picture your
tooth resting in your jaw bone. With pressure on one side from the
archwire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves.
New bone grows in behind.
look like nothing is happening - but we're making a new smile here.
Thanks to new materials and procedures, all this happens quicker than ever
before. It's kind of an engineering feat.