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How do Braces move Teeth? Prescott

Braces, are a common and effective orthodontic treatment, they are designed to correct misalignments and improve dental health and appearance. 

Are you ready to create your best smile? If you believe braces are the right choice for you, contact our office at (928) 641-4000! 

the Science Behind Moving Teeth with Braces

Braces work by applying continuous pressure over time to slowly move teeth into the desired position. This process not only moves the teeth but also reshapes the bone structure of the jaw. Bone structure is remodeled when pressures are applied to it, whether that is muscle pressure or braces. 

Components of Braces

  • Brackets: Attached to each tooth, they act as handles to hold the wires.
  • Archwire: A thin metal wire running through the brackets, it guides the direction of movement.
  • Elastics or Bands: They are used to apply additional pressure, necessary for more complex movements.

Phases of Teeth Movement

  • Initial Alignment: The first phase is where teeth start to move from their original position.
  • Bone Remodeling: The period where the bone around the teeth changes to accommodate new positions.
  • Stabilization: The final phase where teeth stabilize in their new alignment.

Regular adjustments are needed to make sure the braces are exerting the right amount of pressure. These appointments are crucial for the success of the treatment.

Common Misconceptions about Teeth Movement with Braces

Misconception: Braces Move Teeth Quickly
Fact: Braces move teeth gradually. Quick movements can be harmful and lead to dental problems.

Misconception: Once Braces are Off, Teeth Will Not Move Again
Fact: Teeth can shift back to their original position after braces are removed. Retainers are a crucial post-treatment process to maintain the new alignment.

Misconception: Braces are Painful
Fact: While there may be discomfort, especially after adjustments, braces are not typically painful. Modern orthodontics focuses on patient comfort.

With patience and care, braces can lead to a healthier and more beautiful smile.

Considering braces for yourself or a loved one? Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about how braces can transform your smile. (928) 641-4000! 

Frequently Asked Questions

Braces move teeth through the application of steady pressure over time. The pressure exerted by the braces’ wires and brackets stimulates the bone in the jaw to remodel. This process involves the bone resorbing on the side of the tooth where pressure is applied and new bone formation on the opposite side. This biological response allows teeth to shift into their new, corrected positions.

Traditional braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands. Brackets are attached to each tooth, and the wire, which goes through these brackets, applies the force needed to move the teeth. Bands wrapped around the teeth can provide additional force. Sometimes, elastics or rubber bands are used to correct the alignment and bite.

Teeth begin moving almost immediately after braces are placed, but it might take a few months before you notice any visible changes. The total duration for teeth movement varies depending on the individual’s needs, typically ranging from 18 months to 3 years.

When braces are first applied or adjusted, you may feel discomfort or pressure for a few days. This sensation is normal and is a sign that the braces are working. The discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Braces are highly effective at moving most teeth, including those that are crowded, crooked, or spaced apart. However, some complex dental issues may require additional orthodontic treatments along with braces.

While braces are commonly associated with teenagers, teeth can be moved at almost any age as long as the gums and bone structure are healthy. Adult braces are becoming increasingly popular.

Adjustments to braces are typically made every 4 to 6 weeks. During these visits, your orthodontist will tighten the wires or make other adjustments to continue the teeth-moving process.

As teeth move, their roots also shift within the jawbone. This process is carefully monitored by your orthodontist to ensure that the movement is healthy and doesn’t cause any long-term issues.

Good oral hygiene is crucial while wearing braces. Brushing and flossing around brackets and wires are important to remove plaque and food particles. Regular dental cleanings and check-ups are also necessary to maintain oral health.

Once your teeth have moved to their desired positions, braces will be removed, and you will likely be fitted with a retainer. Retainers help maintain the new position of your teeth and prevent them from shifting back.


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