Crooked (misaligned) teeth, can have a serious impact on your life. They can affect the everyday tasks that your teeth perform, such as allowing you to eat and speak. They can lead to serious oral health problems, such as pain in your temporomandibular joint (a condition known as TMJ disorder). They can leave you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth can also greatly impact your smile and your confidence. At Kids First Pediatric Dentistry, we can fix your misaligned teeth with braces.
What are Braces?
Braces have been used for years to treat misaligned teeth (and misaligned jaws). They consist of three main components:
There are also other components that may be added, depending upon your specific circumstances. These may include such things as headgear, springs, hooks, loops and rubber bands.
How Braces Work
Braces work to gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. The archwire is the component responsible for the movement, and stabilization of your teeth. The wires place pressure on your teeth, which then place pressure on the periodontal ligaments (the structures that hold your teeth in place). The ligaments are widened, which loosens your teeth. The wires then guide your teeth to where they need to go. Once in proper alignment, your braces hold your teeth securely in place to stabilize. It takes about three days for bone remodeling to begin. It takes three months for new tissues to begin to grow, and about a full year for your teeth to stabilize in their new positions.
Benefits of Braces
There are several benefits of braces:
If crooked teeth are affecting your life, braces may be able to help. Contact Kids First Pediatric Dentistry today to find out how.