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Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper position. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main arch wire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The arch wire gradually supports the brackets to straighten and level your bite. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth, achieving an ideal alignment and bite. Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth.
Clear braces have become increasing popular because of their ability to maintain a natural aesthetic throughout the alignment process. Unlike traditional metal wires and brackets, clear braces use aligners made of ceramic. The aligners attach to your teeth and look virtually invisible. Each aligner is specifically calibrated to move specific teeth until your entire smile has been straightened. Sometimes even the wire that is used (which is traditionally metal) can be clear to make the braces even less noticeable.
Book a free, no obligation consultation at Keyport Family Dentistry to see if this procedure is something that is right for you or your loved ones.