Braces: The Process of Shifting Your Teeth Into Position

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With the help of orthodontics, your braces shift your teeth into the desired position for straight teeth and an aligned bite. Let’s look at how your orthodontist uses your braces to accomplish this process.

Braces are a system of wires, brackets, and bands which are designed to work together to move teeth into a new position for an aligned outcome. By applying constant, gentle pressure to your teeth, the braces created a shifting movement over time, known as bone remodeling.

You’re probably wondering what bone has to do with your teeth. Well, you can observe the movement of your teeth as they are located about the gumline. What you don’t see is what’s occurring below. You see, below the gumline is where the teeth attach to the jaw bone. Your tooth roots are encompassed by gum tissue, also known as the periodontal ligament. This ligament is comprised of elastic fibers that attach your teeth to the bone.

When the wires and brackets press on the periodontal ligaments, the sides of the tooth roots are also pressed upon, loosening them from their present position. This movement also affects the alveolar bone in the jaw, which is altered by the constant pressure, causing it to create new bone on one side and reabsorbing bone on the other side, supporting the new position.

As you might guess, your scheduled orthodontic adjustments allow our orthodontist to evaluate your progress and make necessary adjustments of the archwires to keep the movement of the teeth going by applying continued pressure. We schedule your visits every six weeks as this allows time for your teeth to shift and for the bone to remodel and accommodate the new position.

For best results, and to remain on track for the projected timeline, please come in for each adjustment appointment. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Montoya Orthodontics in Keller, Texas at 817-427-2237. Our orthodontist, Dr. Robert Montoya and our team are here for you!