Ever Wondered What Exactly Orthodontics Is and How Braces Work?

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics involve the movement of teeth and the adaptation of bone to create the best alignment possible using braces, retainers and other functional appliances.

How Braces Work

Braces have several components, like brackets, wire and elastics, that help turn crooked or misaligned teeth into beautiful smiles. Through gentle pressure, braces move the teeth, which makes teeth around them loosen from the gum line over time. When teeth get straighter, they don’t move as much, so the bone grows to support their new positions in the mouth. That’s the simple explanation of how braces work, and Dr. Sal and his staff will be happy to go into more detail when you come for a visit!

The Benefits of Orthodontics Are Many

Most patients who need braces get used to the dos and don’ts of living with them. While your situation could be different, what stays the same for everyone is the fact that well-aligned teeth are easier to maintain and clean, and have a better chance of lasting you a lifetime.

Some benefits of orthodontics are:

  • An improved facial appearance
  • Increased confidence
  • Higher self esteem
  • A healthier mouth
  • A terrific smile

Your child can also greatly benefit from the two-step orthodontic treatment we provide. It’s critical to have an orthodontic exam around the age of 6 or 7, and it’s usually less expensive in the long run to start treatment early, as opposed to waiting until the adult teeth have grown in.

We’ll go over all of the above at your first visit.

We’ll also talk about retainers, follow up and emergency care and we’ll address any concerns you may have about what your orthodontic treatment options are or how braces work. You’re in good hands with Dr. Sal, who’s been answering questions for his patients for over 35 years. Give us a call at 1-800-SAY-SMILE (1-800-729-7645) to schedule your visit and you’ll be on your way to a bright and healthy smile in no time.