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How Do Braces Work to Straighten Your Teeth?

If your dentist has recommended you have braces to straighten your teeth, but you are looking to find out more on how it works and how long the process takes – take a read of our guide to find out more.

Usually when undergoing orthodontic treatment, it can take up to two years, but depending on your teeth it may take less time or even longer. No set of teeth are the same, and it all depends on the type of orthodontic treatment, your age, how severe the case is and how well you follow guidance whilst wearing braces.

How Do Braces Realign My Teeth?

Braces put pressure on your teeth in order to realign them and after using them for a period of time, your teeth will gradually begin to straighten. Although this is a process which doesn’t happen overnight, you can see considerable improvements and results from braces, which is why so many people use them at all stages of their life.

There are a few types of braces that will apply pressure to slightly different areas of your teeth, but they all work using the same principle: pressure. Different parts of the brace work together to ensure that your teeth move into the correct position. There is no need to worry though, teeth are surprisingly easy to realign, with the right encouragement.

From the lower part of your teeth to your gums, braces mould all parts of your teeth both above and below your gum line. By addressing both the visible and the lower part of your teeth, braces ensure that your smile is visibly neat and uniform, from the day your braces are removed. 

How Long Will I Have To Wear Braces?

This can depend on a few different factors and how they combine as well. Everyone’s teeth and mouths are unique. Here are a few factors that can affect how long braces take for your teeth to straighten: 

  • Depending on how severe or mild your case is, this can be a factor in the length of time it will take to straighten your teeth. This is usually the case if you have reduced spacing between your teeth or overcrowding, making it difficult to correctly bite together (known as an underbite or overbite).  
  • The length of your treatment will also depend on how well your oral hygiene is, if your teeth and gums are not healthy this can prolong the time it will take to straighten your teeth. Especially if you develop hygiene issues during treatment, where the braces will have to be removed to treat this. 
  • You will also need to practice good oral hygiene during your treatment. Ensure that you are brushing your teeth twice a day in between the wires and brackets as well as after eating meals to remove food from your braces to prevent issues with your teeth and gums. If you are not able to brush your teeth after every meal, make sure to rinse with water and brush as soon as you can. 
  • If you don’t follow your orthodontist’s guidance whilst wearing braces, specifically when taking care of them and your oral hygiene, this can be a factor. 
  • Which type of braces you select in straightening your teeth can have an impact on how long it takes. For instance, Invisalign can work better for overbites, but metal braces work best for solving crossbites quickly. However, speak to your orthodontist for their recommendation. 

What Type Of Braces Can I Use?

You can choose metal braces or clear aligners, each of them uses different methods to straighten your teeth and will work slightly differently from you. If your braces are the removable kind, how often you wear them is also an influential factor.

With metal braces, they are more visible in comparison to Invisalign. Your orthodontist will permanently attach these to your teeth, where it will put pressure on them to realign and straighten your teeth. On the other hand, Invisalign is a clear, plastic tray that can be easily removed for eating or brushing your teeth, but will still allow your teeth to be moved into the correct position. It will need to be worn for 22-24 hours to be effective and realign your teeth, although you will notice the pressure less in comparison to metal braces.

How Misaligned Are My Teeth?

For someone who only needs their teeth adjusting slightly, this process will of course take less time. If your teeth are more twisted, out of place or have further to move, it will probably take more time for them to straighten. Braces can only apply so much pressure, so you may have to wait a little longer for fantastic results.

How Long Will Braces Take To Straighten My Teeth?

For younger patients, it usually takes less time for their teeth to move into the correct position. That’s not to say that for adults this always takes a long time though. Children’s and teenagers’ jaws are still growing, so it is easier to encourage their teeth to move, as they are constantly shifting and changing anyway. 

With Six Month Smiles treatment, it is possible to achieve results with braces within this period of time, where it can address crooked, misaligned, overly spaced teeth as well as overbites. Aside from straightening teeth at a faster rate than traditional braces, it uses clear brackets and tooth coloured wires. However, it only focuses on the front six to eight teeth, but there is less pressure applied when realigning in comparison to traditional braces. 

Following Your Dentist’s Advice

Following professional advice will mean you can achieve your results that big quicker and you can get your braces removed sooner. When getting braces, you will have to book regular check-ups and appointments, as well as maintain good oral hygiene and keep your braces clean. 

Following dental advice can make a difference, whereas if you miss an appointment, this could postpone treatment and the date you can get your braces removed.

If you are looking to undertake orthodontic treatment and want to know what is best for straightening your teeth, contact us at St Helier Dental Surgery, today. 

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