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Deerfield Beach FL Orthodontist Answers: How Do Braces Move Your Teeth?

deerfield beach fl orthodontist how do braces move teethIf our 5-star Deerfield Beach FL orthodontist had to answer how braces move your teeth in just one word, that word would be pressure. That’s where the magic is. Not just any pressure will work, however! In order to sustain healthy, long-term movement, braces need to apply slow, steady, and sustained pressure. Our orthodontic office in Deerfield Beach works to calculate what nuanced forces your teeth need. Our aim is always to provide you with the best, most beautiful version of your smile.

Our Deerfield Beach FL Orthodontist Explains How Pressure Is Applied to Your Smile

When you wear braces, each of your teeth will have a bracket or “brace” glued to it that will remain throughout treatment. Our Deerfield Beach FL orthodontist will then attach an archwire to the brackets. This wire is the primary source of pressure which allows for desired movement. Elastics attached from the top to the bottom jaw are also responsible for additional movement in necessary cases.

Once the proper equipment has been put in place, your wires will be tightened to the appropriate level of tension. There is a common misconception that the tighter your wires are, the faster your braces can come off. This is not the case. In fact, balancing forces can be tricky. Our Deerfield Beach orthodontist is highly trained to detect what level of pressure is appropriate for your smile.

Tighter Braces Are Not Necessarily Better

Too much pressure will not accelerate treatment. In fact, it may slow the process altogether. When slow pressure is applied to your teeth, the tissue below is allowed time to adjust and heal, all while keeping your teeth strong and healthy. If the amount of pressure applied is too great, you run the risk of damaging your teeth and tissue because blood cannot properly flow.

This makes sense when you think about other examples of extreme pressure on your teeth. For instance, ever wonder why Rocky’s opponents lost teeth in the ring? Essentially, a boxer sustaining a hit that results in a lost tooth is a result of excess pressure. It’s a good thing that it takes a lot of effort to move our teeth, or they’d be massively shifting all the time!

How Do I Ensure My Smile Does Not Keep Moving After Braces? Our Deerfield Beach FL Orthodontist Answers

After you have invested a significant amount of time in improving your smile, it is important to make sure it stays that way. Teeth naturally shift over time regardless of your orthodontic history. Our Deerfield Beach FL orthodontist explains that is why wearing your prescribed retainer is imperative. Retainers prevent reversal of movement and will keep your smile looking great for years to come.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Fox Braces & Invisalign, with a convenient orthodontic office location near Deerfield Beach FL, by clicking here or by calling 954.427.3000.

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  • “Dr. Fox is cool. I recently had my braces placed with him mid April and I was very satisfied at how thorough he was in explaining how my treatment would be. At the end of the appointment he gave me a list of the do's and don'ts in wearing braces which I found to be very helpful. Most of all, I am happy to notice the difference that wearing the braces has made in just a few weeks. Highly recommended.”
    - Marcos G.

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  • “My dentist told my mother that I needed to visit Dr. Fox, an orthodontist. Dr. Fox said I had a crossbite. To everyone’s surprise, my crossbite was almost gone after 28 days. I am glad I followed the rules of brushing my teeth and followed Dr. Fox’s No-No list of what I could and could not eat with braces.”
    - Jason E.

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  • “Before I got braces I thought it was going to be horrible. It turned out it didn’t hurt and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and now I have a great new smile. Thanks Dr. Fox and friends!”
    - Charlie H.

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  • “I started with a tooth that wouldn’t come down. Dr. Fox and his staff have helped me with my teeth. I liked the neon retainer and I love having braces. My tooth is almost down. I enjoyed every visit I have had. Your staff is great. Thank you for all your help!”
    - Ashley B.

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  • “Dr. Fox is cool. I recently had my braces placed with him mid April and I was very satisfied at how thorough he was in explaining how my treatment would be. At the end of the appointment he gave me a list of the do's and don'ts in wearing braces which I found to be very helpful. Most of all, I am happy to notice the difference that wearing the braces has made in just a few weeks. Highly recommended.”

    - Marcos G.

    best ft lauderdale fl orthodontist
  • “My dentist told my mother that I needed to visit Dr. Fox, an orthodontist. Dr. Fox said I had a crossbite. To everyone’s surprise, my crossbite was almost gone after 28 days. I am glad I followed the rules of brushing my teeth and followed Dr. Fox’s No-No list of what I could and could not eat with braces.”

    - Jason E.

    best miami fl orthodontist
  • “Before I got braces I thought it was going to be horrible. It turned out it didn’t hurt and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be and now I have a great new smile. Thanks Dr. Fox and friends!”

    - Charlie H.

    best miami fl orthodontist
  • “I started with a tooth that wouldn’t come down. Dr. Fox and his staff have helped me with my teeth. I liked the neon retainer and I love having braces. My tooth is almost down. I enjoyed every visit I have had. Your staff is great. Thank you for all your help!”

    - Ashley B.

    best miami fl orthodontist
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Fox Braces & Invisalign. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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