How Do Braces Move Your Teeth?
Braces are devices made usually of stainless steel wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth using special cement. When braces are attached, what happens is that they apply pressure on a person’s teeth to move them in a certain direction. In some cases, elastic bands or even springs are also used to provide an additional force on the tooth.
It can take about one to two hours for braces to get adjusted. This is because dentists need to be mindful of how much force they are applying on the tooth, as well as the direction that the tooth has to move in.
Braces can also cause some pain or discomfort when braces are first attached, or when they’re adjusted. This is because of the force that it applies to the teeth to move it. Typically, over-the-counter medications should be able to deal with pain caused by braces.
Once a tooth moves, the bone starts to grow in the space previously occupied by the tooth. This prevents the teeth from moving back to their original positions. In some cases, teeth might need to be extracted in order to create space for another tooth to move.