People decide to get braces for their children or for themselves for many different reasons:
Crooked or misaligned teeth can interfere with a healthy bite, and could cause excessive tooth wear, jaw problems, and chipped teeth.
A small mouth can cause tooth crowding, while a large mouth can cause larger spaces in between teeth.
Many people simply do not like the look of their smiles and would prefer teeth that look straighter or more even.
Dental braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person's bite, while also working to improve dental health. They are often used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions, overbites, cross bites, open bites, deep bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. Braces can be either cosmetic or structural.
The application of braces moves the teeth as a result of force and pressure on the teeth. Sometimes springs or rubber bands are used to put more force in a specific direction. Braces have constant pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. When braces put pressure on one's teeth, the periodontal membrane stretches on one side and is compressed on the other. This movement needs to be done slowly otherwise the patient risks losing his or her teeth. This is why braces are commonly worn for approximately two years and adjustments are only made every three or four weeks.
In order to prevent the teeth moving back to their original position, retainers may be worn once the treatment with braces is complete for the patient depending on their specific needs.
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