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How Do Braces Work?
Your teeth are stronger than bone. Bone is actually an amazing tissue because it can repair itself. When a tooth puts pressure on the bone, it breaks down to allow the tooth to move through. Then, it heals up behind the tooth!
Braces take advantage of this natural process to put extra pressure on teeth. This encourages them to slowly move through the bone and into proper position.
Each tooth gets a strong metal bracket cemented to the front of it. A flexible metal wire runs through the center of each bracket. This wire is tightened and adjusted to coax all of your teeth into one uniform line. To hold the wire in place, a tiny rubber band is wrapped around the bracket, over the wire.You get to choose the colors of your bands to express your style preference. That's the fun part!
Your treatment in braces may last anywhere from six months to over two years. It all depends on how long it takes your teeth to move.
Thanks to braces, your teeth will not only look nicer, but they will ultimately be easier to clean and keep healthy. By straightening your teeth, you can avoid the need for more dental visits down the road.