How Do Braces Work?

smile with bracesEarly orthodontic treatment is often necessary to help children with crooked teeth develop straight, symmetrical, and fully-functional permanent smiles. Even for adults, orthodontic treatment may be necessary if teeth are no longer aligned properly. Besides providing a more attractive smile, straight teeth also function better, and straightening crooked teeth helps prevent a host of other dental problems that can arise from an imbalanced bite. The science of orthodontics focuses on correcting cases of malocclusion (teeth misalignment), often through the use of orthodontic braces. As Dr. Ciro Cabal explains, moving teeth without damaging them is a delicate process. As an experienced Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Cabal is specially trained to address bite misalignment using a variety of orthodontic braces and appliances.

The Roots of Teeth Movement

Teeth are supported by roots, which extend below the gum line and are embedded in sockets within the jawbone (mandible for lower teeth, and maxilla for upper teeth). Braces work to slowly move teeth within their sockets, allowing the bone surrounding their roots to break down and reform to support the teeth’s new positions. Known as bone remodeling, this technique allows a patient’s jawbone to adapt and support the newly straightened smile, and is the foundation for effective orthodontic treatment. Conventional braces accomplish teeth movement through the use of brackets that are attached to each tooth. Tension is applied through arch wires connected to the brackets, supplying the force necessary to move teeth.

Alternatives to Braces

Though malocclusion can affect patients of all ages, older teen and adult patients may feel apprehensive about going to work for the next couple of years with metal components adorning their teeth. Nevertheless, crooked teeth are much more than a cosmetic issue. To help patients achieve necessary orthodontic treatment while maintaining the utmost discretion, Dr. Cabal offers a selection of discreet adult orthodontic options, such as Invisalign clear braces. Invisalign utilizes clear plastic aligners that are custom-designed to fit snugly over your teeth. The invisible aligners are worn for about two weeks, then exchanged for the next in a series designed to force your teeth through a prescribed path of movement, achieving the same result as braces without the encumbrance of metal brackets and wires.

About Dr. Cabal:

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist who’s known a passion for providing dental care since his early teens, and proudly serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.