Mechanics of Braces

If you’ve made it to this section, you must be wondering how all the wires, brackets, and rubber bands are going to get the kinks out of your teeth? Don’t be afraid to read on since we won’t be delving into physics 101 with vector analysis to help explain how orthodontics treatment works. That’s for another day and another website.

To better understand braces, please refer to the above diagram. The whole goal of orthodontics treatment is to move and align both the teeth and jaws of your mouth into a more perfect union to improve their form and function. To do this, brackets are placed on the appropriate teeth to serve as anchors for the tie wires that tug, pull, or rotate the brackets and by extension the tooth that the bracket is place on. The rubber bands act like clamps hold the tie wires to the brackets. There are hooks and bands here and there to help direct and guide the movement of the teeth. There may also be a need for external appliances if the right amount of force cannot be applied with the internal system of brackets and wires.

Once your braces are placed, your teeth will be slowly pulled into their proper position. It’s not something that can be done in a day or week since rapid movement can literally pull the teeth from their moorings or roots. You will feel some soreness and discomfort that is usually relieved with over the counter medications as the teeth are moved.

Now that you know how braces work, you must be wondering who should get braces?