How Do Braces Work?

Braces, a common term you’ve likely heard or read, are more than just metallic structures adhering to teeth. They’re a tried and true staple of the orthodontic community. At Tilghman Orthodontics, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding to help you when it comes to orthodontic decisions. So, let’s delve into how braces work, unraveling the science one tooth at a time.

The Workings of Braces

Stepping into the world of orthodontics might seem complex, but Dr. Tilghman and Dr. Schwartz, your dedicated orthodontists in Berlin and Salisbury, are here to shine a light on the path.

Braces function through a straightforward principle: consistent and gentle pressure. They exert a constant force upon your teeth, moving them toward their ideal positions along the dental arch. 

This pressure triggers a process within your jawbone. The bone around the tooth dissolves and regenerates, ensuring smooth tooth movement. The braces guide and the teeth follow, all under the vigilant supervision of your orthodontic specialists. This precise movement ensures each step of your journey is thoughtfully planned, aiming for a goal where your smile is not only visually appealing but also functionally sturdy.

Components of Braces 

At Tilghman Orthodontics, you’ll encounter several key components that work together to sculpt your smile. Let’s look into the main elements of braces, each with its unique role in your orthodontic journey:

Brackets: Brackets are securely bonded to each tooth, directing their movement with precision. They serve as the anchor, holding the archwire in place and guiding your teeth along the right path.

Archwires: These are the guides that move your teeth along a predetermined path to their new positions. They apply the gentle, consistent pressure needed to move your teeth in a specific direction.

Elastic Bands: These aren’t just for show! While they can come in a variety of colors, elastic bands are the subtle powerhouses, providing extra force to guide the movement of your teeth and jaw into alignment, ensuring each tooth moves to its designated position.

In the hands of our experienced orthodontists, these components work together to craft a beautifully aligned smile with each subtle adjustment. As we journey through the orthodontic process together at Tilghman Orthodontics, understanding these elements will offer you a glimpse into the art and science behind your transforming smile.

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Additional Orthodontic Tools 

When a smile needs a little extra work, we’ll use a few more tools that’ll play crucial roles in crafting smiles at our practices. These instruments, while not always visible when you flash your smile, are working hard behind the scenes to enhance the effectiveness of your braces.

Rubber Bands: Beyond the standard elastics on your brackets, additional rubber bands often come into play, especially when precise jaw alignment is needed. Connecting the top and bottom braces, these bands guide the jaw into a position that ensures a harmonious bite and a symmetrical smile.

Expanders: A palate expander gently and gradually widens the upper jaw by stretching the center cartilage seam of the palate. This tool is crucial in creating enough space for teeth to move into their right positions. These are particularly effective in addressing overcrowded smiles.

Springs and Coils: These pieces can create or close spaces, ensuring teeth align seamlessly. Positioned on the archwire, they can either push teeth apart or hold them in place, depending on the desired outcome.

Every instrument in the orthodontic toolkit is selected with precise care by our orthodontists, ensuring your journey toward a seamless smile is both efficient and pleasant. At Tilghman Orthodontics, we use these tools to carefully refine every detail of your smile transformation, ensuring each tooth aligns perfectly with your grin.

Different Stages of Treatment

Navigating through the stages to a picture-perfect smile with Dr. Tilghman and Dr. Schwartz involves traversing through various phases of braces treatment. Each phase is planned to ensure your teeth move safely and effectively toward their ideal positions.

Level and Align Stage

This initial phase is all about guiding your teeth into a straight and level position. It’s where the most noticeable movements occur, as crooked teeth begin to find their path toward alignment.

Correcting Bite Issues

Once your teeth are aligned, the focus shifts to your bite. Whether it’s an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, specialized strategies, possibly involving additional tools, are employed to ensure your upper and lower teeth meet harmoniously.

Detailing Stage

It’s all about the fine-tuning here. Minor adjustments are made to ensure each tooth is perfectly positioned, optimizing your bite and creating a beautifully balanced smile.

Retention Stage

The journey doesn’t end when the braces come off! Retainers are introduced to ensure your teeth maintain their new positions, safeguarding the stunning results achieved during the treatment.

Navigating through each stage with the expert team ensures your path to a radiant smile is smooth, comprehensible, and even enjoyable. Your understanding of each phase empowers you, making you an active participant in the transformation of your smile.

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Choosing Tilghman Orthodontics

At Tilghman Orthodontics, we believe in creating smiles that last a lifetime. Our approach goes beyond straightening teeth; we strive to provide an experience that is personalized, supportive, and life-changing. Embark on a transformative journey towards a radiant smile with Tilghman Orthodontics. Schedule your free consultation today and take the first step towards a future where your smile shines brightly with confidence and joy.