How do Braces Straighten Crooked Teeth? 

close up of braces on teeth

Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The archwire is bent to reflect your “ideal” bite. In other words, it reflects the way we want you to look after treatment.

The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to 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.

Different Types of Braces

Metal braces are the most common type of braces worn.  The braces that we use are small and comfortable.  In addition, we offer many varieties of elastomers that are worn over the wire.  The color of the elastomers can be switched at each adjustment appointment.  They also come in clear and neutral colors.

Ceramic braces are less visible than metal braces and are used for adult patients and adolescent patients with cosmetic concerns.  These braces are usually worn only on the top front teeth.  They require special attention to clean and maintain because they are more brittle than metal braces.