How do Braces Work?

Braces work by applying pressure to your teeth over a long period of time. They encourage gradual movement, which changes the shape of your jaw bones, until your teeth are straight and aligned. Churchfield Dental Centre in Barnsley are skilled in teeth straightening and have the professionalism and experience to answer all your questions! So, how do braces work? We’ve broken down the information to help you understand everything about your braces.

Different Types of Braces and How They Work

While the basic way braces work is the same, different types of braces are used in different situations because they have slightly different ways of straightening teeth.

How do Invisible Braces Work?

At Churchfield Dental Centre, we love invisible braces! Traditionally, metal brackets and wires were the only option for straightening teeth. In contrast to this, Smilelign clear braces are virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing. Smilelign invisible braces are clear, slimline and comfortable.  These braces are designed to easily fit into your lifestyle, meaning you don’t have to change what or when you eat, just pop out your aligners and enjoy your mealtimes!

Invisible braces are laboratory manufactured and are pre-planned using the latest 3D software. To begin with, casts are taken of your teeth to help the lab create a brace that fits your teeth almost perfectly. You wear each brace for 3 weeks before moving onto the next one, which again matches your teeth with a slight adjustment. Each brace is made with small alterations to the one before to encourage the teeth to move into a straighter position. The number of braces each patient uses throughout their treatment varies according to how misaligned the teeth are.

Invisible braces are a brilliant way of straightening teeth. They are more subtle and work really well, which is why we love them!

If you would like to discuss getting invisible braces, then get in touch with Churchfield Dental Centre today!

How do ‘Train track’ braces work?

Metal braces, commonly known as ‘train track’ braces, work a little differently to invisible braces as they are a fixed type of brace with different components that are adjusted through the course of treatment. Most simply, the metal wire that runs between the brackets is shortened, pulling the teeth into position. Orthodontists are experts at what they do and know how to direct the movement of specific teeth, creating a perfectly aligned smile!

‘Train track’ braces are a more complex way of straightening teeth than invisible braces and are used when teeth misalignment is more significant.

There are other kinds of teeth straightening methods, such as removable appliances and lingual braces. They all work in the same basic way, applying pressure which gradually moves the teeth. When you visit Churchfield Dental Centre, or your own dentist, you’ll be advised on the most suitable treatment option for you, and if they can’t help you, they have specialist orthodontic colleagues who can address every problem.

How long do braces take to work?

The time braces take to work varies according to how misaligned your teeth are and what kind of braces you have. Very minor amendments could take as little as 3 months while more significant treatment can as long as 3 years to complete. Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to advise you on how long yours is likely to take.

Interested in teeth straightening? Churchfield Dental Centre offer braces for both adults and children and can advise you on the best steps to take. Contact one of their friendly reception team on 01226 771471 to book your FREE consultation today.

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