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How Exactly Do Braces Work?

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How Exactly Do Braces Work?

Lots of people wear braces, but many of them aren't really aware of the details of how they work. The following lays out the basics of how the different parts of your braces work together to straighten your teeth.


Our team here at Coquitlam Family Orthodontics knows that informed patients are likely to experience greater levels of success with their orthodontic treatment.

That's why we'd like to share with you exactly a bit of a refresher course on how braces work, to help you better understand what’s happening during your treatment.

What do braces do?

Braces straighten your teeth by applying continuous pressure to them over an extended period of time, which slowly move them into the correct positions. As your teeth shift, the bone around them also changes shape as a result of the pressure applied.

Braces are made up of several different parts, each of which serves a specific purpose. The following are the basic parts that make up most sets of braces.

First of all, the brackets are the small squares that are bonded to each tooth. These can be made from a variety of materials, and can be placed on either the fronts or backs of your teeth. Brackets hold the arch wires in place.

Stainless stell orthodontic bands function as anchors for the brackets.

Arch wires are attached to the brackets, and they're what create the pressure that moves the teeth. Arch wires may be clear, tooth-coloured, or metal.

The small rubber rings that fasten the arch wires to the brackets are called elastic ties. They come in a wide range of colours.

Elastics or rubber bands attach to hooks on the brackets. These apply pressure to move the upper and lower teeth into the correct positions in relation to each other.

If you have any additional questions about how braces work, or about other parts of your orthodontic appliances, feel free to contact the Coquitlam Family Orthodontics team in Maple Ridge today!

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