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September 2019

How Do Braces Work?

By auburn ortho, Braces, Orthodontics

mom and daughter with bracesIn our selfie and Instagram culture, everyone wants a beautiful, straight smile. That’s one reason why orthodontics has become increasingly popular among teens and adults alike over the past decade. Traditional metal, ceramic, invisible, and lingual braces are all great options for those who desire a major smile upgrade. But have you ever wondered how they work? Our esteemed orthodontists, Dr. David Markham and Dr. Steven Scott, explain exactly how braces move your teeth.

If you or your teenager needs braces, there’s no reason to wait. We offer treatments to fit every lifestyle. Contact our friendly team at Markham Orthodontics today at 916-525-8566 to schedule a consultation.

How Braces Move Teeth

Teeth are not fixed. They can be shifted over time because they are suspended inside the bone, not attached. The boney structures are surrounded by periodontal ligaments that compress and stretch when pressure from the braces is applied. New bone forms in the space that has been vacated while existing bone is reabsorbed to make room for tooth movements.

Many people wonder if this process damages the teeth and surrounding structures. Actually, it helps strengthen your teeth. Just as lifting weights makes muscles stronger, your teeth and jawbone grow stronger when they work against the pressure that is being applied to them.

Components of Braces

Braces consist of several components. Depending on your situation, other parts may be necessary, but the basics include:

Brackets

These are the tiny metal or ceramic links that are bonded to each tooth with a strong adhesive.

Archwire

This long piece of wire stretches from one side of the mouth to another. The metal wire encourages correct alignment by pulling your teeth together.

O-Rings

These colorful or clear elastic bands connect the archwire to the bracket. They are responsible for most of your tooth movement and often need to be switched out every time you visit your orthodontist.

Spacers

Also known as orthodontic separators, these are made of either rubber bands or metal and are about a centimeter in diameter. Spacers work to push molars apart to create more room in the mouth. You could need up to eight spacers if you have extremely crowded teeth.

Molar Bands

Not everyone needs molar bands, which are also known as orthodontic bands. These bands are custom made for each patient to correct overbites, underbites, and extreme misalignment. Once created, they are placed and cemented onto your back teeth and then anchored to the archwire.

Benefits of Braces

Straight teeth don’t just make your smile more attractive — they improve your oral health. Crowded, misaligned teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and bone erosion.

Braces can also correct embarrassing or frustrating speech patterns. By altering the position of your teeth, your speech will become sharper, and your ability to pronounce certain words will become more distinct. Closing a gap in your teeth can also improve impediments such as a whistle or lisp.

Your digestion could also be impacted by a straighter smile. Correctly aligned teeth break down food much more effectively, allowing your stomach to easily digest and process food.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation Today

At Markham Orthodontics, we love helping our patients feel more confident in their own skin. Braces are just one of the many orthodontic services that allow us to do that. If you’re ready for a smile transformation, contact our Sacramento, CA office today at 916-525-8566.

How do Dentists Put Braces on Teeth?

By auburn ortho, Braces, Clear Bracket Braces, sacramento braces, sacramento ortho

Young Asian girl with bracesAt Markham Orthodontics, our top priority is helping our patients achieve a healthy smile that can increase their self-esteem. As adult and children’s orthodontists, Dr. David Markham and Dr. Steven Scott provide exceptional, gentle orthodontic care to patients in the Sacramento area. We offer traditional metal braces, clear bracket braces, and Invisalign® to help you attain a straighter smile. Our offices are conveniently located in Natomas, Gold River, and Auburn. Call us to schedule an appointment today.

If you or your child is getting bracket braces, you may be wondering what the process is like. Here is how dentists put on braces:

Step 1: Cleaning

Before our orthodontists begin the process, your teeth should be squeaky clean and dry. One of our friendly hygienists will gently remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth with a professional cleaning.

Step 2: Securing the Brackets

Based on what you or your child has decided, you will either receive metal brackets or clear ceramic brackets. These ensure that the wires on your teeth stay in place.

To secure the brackets, a tiny amount of bonding adhesive is placed on the center of each tooth, lightly dried, and set using a blue light. Our orthodontists will then affix the brackets directly on the glue. Any excess glue will be removed, and your dentist will use the blue light again to ensure a strong bond.

Step 3: The Bands

To anchor the braces, an appropriately-sized band is placed around your back teeth. Glue is applied to the metal bands, and your orthodontist will slide the bands over your back molars.

This part of the process requires some pressure, but your orthodontist will be as gentle as possible to guarantee your comfort.

Step 4: The Arch Wire

Next, a strong wire is threaded through each bracket to connect them and provide the force your teeth need to move into their correct positions.

Small rubber bands called ligatures are then attached to your brackets to keep the wire in place. Whether you have metal or clear braces, these rubber bands can be any color you choose.

Once they are all placed, the wires are snipped to prevent them from irritating your gums and cheeks.

Tips for Afterwards

This process takes anywhere from one to two hours, leaving the rest of the day for you to rest and get used to your new braces. Here are some tips to help your first days with braces be more comfortable:

  • Eat soft foods like boiled vegetables, pasta, soup, yogurt, and pudding.
  • Brush with a gentle toothbrush after each meal
  • Use dental wax to alleviate irritation.
  • Rinse your mouth with saltwater help heal any sores
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications for soreness

After your first few days with braces, your mouth will start to feel normal again. Make sure to follow all your orthodontist’s instructions on how to continue taking care of your teeth with braces.

Contact Our Office Today

As adult and children’s orthodontists, Dr. Markham and Dr. Scott look forward to building relationships with people of all ages. We can’t wait to get to know you and help you love your smile. To learn more about the benefits of braces and which option is right for you, visit our website.

Ready to schedule your initial consultation? Contact our Natomas, Gold River, or Auburn office today.