How Braces Work

Malocclusion, or crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, is a common issue. Some people’s teeth come in crooked, overlapping, or crowded. This may occur when a person’s mouth is too small for their teeth. Individuals may also have gapped teeth. Other times, a person’s upper and lower jaws may not be the same size or may not have formed correctly. This can cause an overbite or an underbite. If you have malocclusion, Dr. Jacob Spendlove may recommend braces in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Braces are can be made from different materials. Traditional braces are made of metal. We also offer cosmetic braces for those who are hesitant about wearing metal brackets and wires. These braces have brackets and wires that are made from clear or tooth-colored material. During your consultation, discuss your options with our orthodontist to find the best treatment for you.

Braces use several components to apply continuous pressure over a period of time to move the teeth to their ideal positions. These components include: Brackets – The brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached to orthodontic bands. The brackets hold the arch wires in place that move the teeth.

Orthodontic bands – These bands wrap around each tooth to anchor the brackets in place. They are not used for all patients.

Ligatures – These tiny rubber bands hold the arch wires to the brackets.

Arch wires – Arch wires attach to the brackets and guide the teeth to their ideal positions.

Elastics or rubber bands – These are attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth. They move the upper teeth against the lower teeth to achieve proper fit of individual teeth.

We invite you to contact Orthodontics, Inc. for more information and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist today.

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