How Do Braces Work?

Here at Shine Orthodontics, we love it when our patients have questions! Dr. McGrogan and the team are passionate about what we do, and we love getting the chance to let you know what your treatment options are, what to expect during treatment, and how they work! So sit back, relax, and let’s get to learning about how braces work. 

Common Orthodontic Issues and Their Treatment

Braces have long been recognized as a reliable solution for addressing various dental problems. These include issues like overbites, underbites, crooked teeth, and gaps between teeth. Each of these conditions can impact the alignment of your teeth and, consequently, your overall oral health.

Overbites and underbites occur when the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly when you close your mouth. Braces help correct these issues by gently guiding your teeth into the correct positions, allowing for a harmonious bite. This not only enhances your smile but also improves your ability to chew and speak comfortably.

Crooked teeth are a common concern that braces effectively address. They can affect the aesthetics of your smile and, in some cases, even lead to dental health issues. Braces work by applying consistent pressure to gradually move misaligned teeth into their proper places, creating a beautifully aligned smile.

Gaps between teeth, also known as diastema, can occur due to various reasons, such as genetics or thumb-sucking habits. Braces are highly effective in closing these gaps by gently bringing the teeth closer together. This not only improves the appearance of your smile but also prevents potential dental issues that may arise from gaps between teeth.


The Mechanics of Braces

Understanding how braces work involves delving into their intricate components. At the core of braces are brackets and wires, which play a fundamental role in guiding your teeth toward their ideal positions.

Brackets are small but sturdy pieces, often made from materials like stainless steel and nickel. Dr. McGrogan selects durable brackets to ensure the effectiveness of your orthodontic treatment. These brackets feature hooks or doors through which a wire is threaded. The wire, thinner than you might expect, connects one bracket to another, serving as the guide for tooth movement.

Elastics, also known as rubber bands, come into play when bite correction is necessary. These tiny bands connect upper and lower brackets, applying the necessary pressure to address overbites or underbites. Dr. McGrogan may also strategically use rubber bands for other purposes, exerting extra pressure where needed to achieve optimal results.

Orthodontic bands, often called “braces bands,” are stainless steel rings cemented to your teeth. They serve as anchors for braces and other orthodontic appliances. While not required for every patient, orthodontic bands are crucial when specific dental conditions need additional support.

Before applying bands, spacers, also known as elastic “donuts” or rings, may be used to create space between your teeth. This preparation ensures a smoother alignment process and helps braces work more effectively.

Personalization is a fun aspect of braces, allowing you to showcase your unique style. Elastic ties, also known as o-rings, are used to attach the archwire to the brackets. These tiny rubber rings come in a wide array of colors, providing an opportunity for you to personalize your braces with your favorite hues.

How Do Braces Work?

The Orthodontic Treatment Journey

The orthodontic treatment journey is a carefully planned and executed process. Before any brackets find their place, our team conducts a comprehensive analysis. This may include taking photos, X-rays, and, in some cases, employing advanced 3D scans with our iTero Element scanner. This thorough evaluation, taking around 10-15 minutes, provides a highly accurate 3D view of your mouth.

Dr. McGrogan uses this wealth of information to craft your personalized treatment plan. This plan determines how each tooth needs to be moved for your best results. It’s a crucial step that works to make sure your orthodontic journey directly addresses your unique dental needs.

Once we’ve developed your treatment plan with the help of cutting-edge orthodontic technology, Dr. McGrogan will place the brackets. The placement varies based on your specific requirements. For instance, brackets for tilted teeth differ from those for teeth needing rotation. Once the brackets are in place, the wire is inserted. The bends in the wire are where the magic happens, applying precise pressure to guide your teeth into their desired positions.

Understanding the careful planning and techniques behind your orthodontic treatment helps ensure that your experience is both effective and comfortable. Dr. McGrogan and our team are dedicated to providing you with the best possible care throughout your journey to a healthier, happier smile.


How Do Braces Work?

It’s Time to Smile With Shine Orthodontics! 

There’s a whole lot that goes into making your smile perfect, and we’re sure you’re still curious about something or other (we can’t put it all in one article!), so why wait? Consultations are always 100% free of charge, and our Holly Springs office is modern, spacious, and conveniently located right on Main Street! We’ll see you soon, so get ready to smile big!