How Do Braces Move Your Teeth?

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Wearing braces not only can improve the appearance of your smile, but it can also improve the health of your smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, crooked or crowded teeth put you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease because cleaning them properly can be a challenge.

In addition, when you have a misaligned bite, precious tooth enamel can experience premature erosion. You may also find yourself more prone to speaking or chewing properly. And finally, you may also incur oral issues because of the unusual stress on the bone and tissues surrounding your teeth.

So how can braces correct your smile issues? By using brackets, wires, and little rubber bands (ligatures), braces gradually and steadily shift misaligned teeth into their correct position over time. They do this by applying pressure steadily to straighten teeth. As the braces exert tension to move your teeth while also repositioning tissues and blood vessels surrounding the teeth, they alter the gum ligament and alveolar bone, which is reabsorbed and reformed, forming the healthy, aligned smile you deserve.

If you have any questions about braces, please call our Quality Orthodontic Care team at 770-609-3270 for an appointment in Johns Creek, Georgia. Our orthodontist, Dr. Brett Gluck is here to help you achieve your best smile!