Orthodontic Braces

Braces are a common treatment option for crooked or misaligned teeth. While dental braces are often used to improve the aesthetic appeal of your smile, braces can also be a great solution to improve the functionality of your bite and a preventive measure against more serious dental conditions.

How do braces work?

Braces work by applying continuous pressure to your teeth which over time slowly moves your teeth into a better position. There are typically four basic elements to braces: brackets, arch wire, ligature elastics & bonding material. Sometimes springs, rubber bands and head gear are also used to put pressure in a certain direction. This process loosens your teeth and new bone grows in to support your teeth in their new position. This process is called bone remodeling.

Who Needs Braces?

While anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile can get braces to help misaligned or crooked teeth, braces are also a great solution for correcting underbites, malocclusions, overbites, cross bites, deep bites and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw. If you're not sure if you need braces, schedule an exam today and one of our skilled Dentists will discuss your options for improving your smile and oral health.

Post-Treatment Expectations

In order to prevent your teeth from moving back to their original position, retainers may be worn once your braces treatment is complete. Retainers help in stabilizing the position of your teeth long enough for the bone remodeling process to complete and the supporting structures of your teeth to develop.

Braces are a great solution to improving the functionality and look of your teeth. If you have any questions about braces, contact Oak Ridge Dental Arts today and schedule an exam with one of our amazing dentists who can help assess the condition of your teeth and recommend any treatments which can help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.