According to Wellington orthodontics experts, braces are one of the best treatment options for those who are looking for a solution for an underbite, overbite, misaligned bite, overcrowding and crooked teeth. While many general and cosmetic dentists may perform basic alignment work, orthodontics experts are specifically qualified at correcting major dental irregularities.
For starters, your dentist or orthodontist will inquire about your health, conduct an exam and obtain impressions of your teeth. They will also take pictures of your teeth and your face. X-rays of your head and mouth will also be required. The treatment plan is designed with the gathered information in mind.
Braces have seen quite a lot of improvement over the past few years. While traditional metal braces are still in use, modern innovations such as Invisalign are also quite popular. Despite their evolution, the basic function of braces remains the same; to apply gentle and steady pressure on your teeth until they move into the proper alignment. Braces have four basic working appliances. The archwire is responsible for creating the force to move the teeth into alignment. The brackets are directly bonded to the teeth or connected to the teeth and are held to the archwire with the aid of a ligature (a small twisted wire or elastic). Braces also have a metal cemented ring that is wrapped around the tooth.
Braces are created to match your mouth precisely. The archwire will provide slow and steady pressure on the brackets to guide your teeth to move little by little, into the ideal alignment. The movement is so slow and tiny that you can’t see it. However, the results can be monitored over time. Braces are typically worn from 6 months up to 2 years until the teeth move into the proper alignment. In some cases, rubber bands and springs are used to direct the force. Headgear is also required in some situations to make sure that certain teeth don’t move about. Some patients complain about their teeth feeling loose after a while. This is purposefully done to adjust the alignment. As the tooth moves, the surrounding tissues and the bone stricter underneath will also adjust according to support it.