Orthodontic treatment helps ensure the proper function of teeth and creates a healthy smile. A proper occlusion makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. Teeth that are misaligned are harder to clean and can cause abnormal wear of tooth enamel which can lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures.
Orthodontic treatment with braces is effective in treating or preventing the following problems associated with developing teeth and jaw growth:
- Gaps between teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Improper bite (malocclusion)
- Poor oral function
Orthodontic treatment with braces also prevents excessive wear and trauma to teeth and enhances the long-term health of teeth and gums.
Braces have two parts; the brackets and the wires. The brackets are made from high-grade stainless steel and are cut with precise internal angles which will express proper angulation of the teeth when the orthodontic wire is engaged. They have progressed to become lighter and more comfortable than ever before. Wires move the teeth while brackets serve as stationary handles to hold the wires. Brackets are affixed or bonded directly to the teeth. Wires are threaded through slots in the brackets. The wires are held in place by tiny rubber bands called ligatures and come in an assortment of colors. The archwires are adjusted periodically as your teeth progressively move into the desired position.