How Do Braces Move Teeth

The difficulty of cleaning misaligned teeth can cause several problems. One way to avoid these problems is to correct the alignment of the teeth with braces. Here is a quick guide to how braces will solve your teeth alignment problem.

When a person gets braces, the intention is to move the teeth into a better position. This is done by manipulating the periodontal ligament. The periodontal ligament is made up of fibers which feature the protein collagen. The ligament anchors and suspends the teeth in the bone. They are inserted into a substance called cementum which allows them to join the root surfaces. On the other side of the ligament, the fibers are inserted into the bone. The ligament itself acts like a hammock which allows the teeth some movement within the socket and allows them to respond to the force of biting.

Through the force caused by normal biting, the cells of the ligament, cementum and bone will constantly form and reform. This continual biting causes tension and compression within the fibers of the ligament. The cells respond to the tension by depositing bone and cementum. Resorption or the dissolving of the bone and cementum is a result of compression.

The process of tension and compression and its impact on the ligament is the beginning of the process of moving the teeth. Using light, constant force, Dr. Andrew Clark will be able to carefully manipulate the force to guide the teeth into a new, improved position. This force is applied by using small brackets that are attached to the crowns of the teeth. Arch wires will pass through the brackets which allows the force to be controlled and, ultimately, manipulate the movement of the teeth.

Braces are a common way to align teeth but the process of how the teeth are moved is widely unknown. This guide will help you better understand how Dr. Clark at Clark Orthodontics in Tallahassee, Florida will guide your teeth to fix the alignment and give you your ideal smile.


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