Got questions about braces? We've got answers.
How do braces work?
Braces move your teeth, by pulling them slowly over a course of months or years. It’s that simple. They can pull an overjet in, bring gapped teeth together or straighten a crooked tooth.
Other devices push on your teeth and jaw structure. Expanders, masks that pull and chin straps that restrict can reshape your jaw as well as your teeth.
Because your teeth are rooted in the bone of your jaws, moving your teeth causes the bone in front of the moving tooth to dissolve and new bone to grow where the tooth was, which is why braces can be used to create permanent changes in your smile.
What happens if I need braces, but don't get them?
Crooked, crowded teeth can get worse. Plus they are hard to clean which increases your risk of tooth decay, gum disease and other health concerns. If you experience chronic headaches, face or neck pain—misaligned teeth and jaws might be the cause.
Can adults get braces?
You can get braces at any age and have great results. But, to be completely honest, it’s a lot easier to shift teeth and change bone structures while you’re young, because you're still growing and your body, especially bones, are easier to change.
Some conditions, like underbites, need to be corrected early. If you’re a parent, your child’s dentist will keep a close eye on their bite, from baby teeth on. Around age seven, it will be time for a visit with the Orthodontist.