Malocclusion of the teeth (teeth misalignment) doesn’t just reduce your confidence and stop you from smiling often. It has an enormous impact on your overall health. People with issues such as underbite or overbite are prone to a poor digestive process. It can also result in jaw pain or headaches. In fact, they can lead to arthritis! You, therefore, need to correct the problem through braces, but how do they treat malocclusion?
How Braces Work
Braces may be cute, but they work hard to correct your teeth alignment issues. A typical brace has brackets attached to every tooth, a wire that connects the brackets, O-ring that’s elastic and holds the archwire, and the glue that keeps the brackets in place.
The archwire places a force or pressure on the brackets, which, in turn, add pressure to the teeth. Over time, the gum tissue that covers the teeth move, allowing the teeth to become loosened and have more space to move to their correct position.
Moreover, since the gum tissue connects the teeth to the bone, the pressure promotes bone remodelling, a process where the bones create osteoclasts, a kind of bone cell that makes them stronger. The osteoclasts help fill out the gap left as the teeth moved, so your teeth still have bones to anchor themselves in.
These processes, though, don’t happen in a few days or weeks. Gentle Dental Care notes that it can take as long as two years to see your intended results, and in between, you need to visit your orthodontist to adjust the braces and monitor the teeth’s movement.
How about clear braces? Although clear braces use clear aligners, they work similarly as the traditional ones with the aligners adding force or pressure to the teeth.
The NHS covers the entire costs of the braces only for those who are below 18. If you’re already an adult and you want clear braces, you can get affordable deals in Croydon.