Braces: What’s Going On In The Mouth?

Girl With BracesScience has been coming up with so many technological advances in the past decade or two that many of us are suffering from future shock. We just can’t keep up with the changes to tried and trusted gadgets, let alone take on board all the new technologies they can use, or indeed how they work. Take braces for example: there are so many kinds out there now we really need good dentists to help us sift through the various methods and styles of braces to find the one most suited to our needs.

Braces are becoming more and more popular throughout the UK, including in West Malling. Braces in this town are available from most dentists, including One Smile Oral Care. Yet how many people stop to be amazed at the fact that our teeth can move around in our mouths? And how many even ask their dentist how it happens -how do braces work?

How To Move A Molar

Understanding what is taking place when someone wears braces in West Malling can help people better appreciate their treatment and have a bit more patience with the upheaval and how long it can take a tooth to move a few millimetres.

Firstly, it requires a sustained force to get the root of a tooth to move. Anything less than 72 hours and it won’t start the process. After the same force has been applied for that time, things start to happen.

Teeth are held in their sockets by ligaments. When pressure is applied in one direction, one set of ligaments will compress, and the ones behind will stretch. The jawbone builds new bone around the stretched ligament and removes it from around the ligament that is compressed.

This process takes time and trying to speed it up by using greater forces can cut off the blood flow around the tooth and actually slow the whole process down.

This is why people have to come to their dentist every couple of weeks so that the dentist can make frequent, small adjustments to their braces in West Malling. Or, if they are wearing aligners instead of braces, it’s why they need to change them every fortnight or so.