Orthodontic Braces – How Do They Work?

Orthodontic Braces – How Do They Work?

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By Dr. Divya Swarup, Dentistry,

You can’t really brush off the blows that one receives to their self-esteem simply because they have crooked teeth. It’s one of the primary reasons why dentists monitor the development of teeth in children. It may seem exasperating to the child but it is vigilance that pays off in the long run. Because, if teeth are found to be forming in a crooked manner, corrective measures in the form of orthodontic braces can be availed.

How do braces work?
In the simplest of terms, orthodontic braces apply a consistent pressure on the teeth to gradually move and shape teeth in a specific direction and manner. Though commonly associated with children and teenagers, if you have misaligned teeth, your dentist may prescribe them at any age.

It’s Not All About How It Looks
True, one of the main objectives of dental braces is to straighten the teeth and make them aesthetically pleasing. But, that is not all they achieve or are prescribed for. Jagged or loose teeth, bleeding gums, painful jaw, “bite” are some of the orthodontic issues braces address.

What is a “Bite”?
A “bite” is when you open your jaws and then close them bringing your rows of teeth together. They should meet, but if they exhibit abrasions or grind, it can lead to other problems. These problems include difficulty in speaking, chewing and severe headaches.

Different types of Orthodontic braces
Your dentist will prescribe a corrective treatment option most suited to your needs. If the abnormalities in alignment are mild, you might be prescribed braces that you can remove at will. But if they are obstrusive, you might be prescribed a more traditional brace.

How long do you need to wear them?
Depending on the severity of the condition, the health of the gums, teeth and the bone structure, the amount of time you will have to wear braces will vary. However, on average, orthodontic braces are prescribed for a period of 1-3 years.

A simple procedure with little to no pain and a 100% rate of success, orthodontic braces can help improve your dental health and hygiene.