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Braces and Bone Remodeling: How it all works

Braces as effective tools for bone remodeling: All you need to know

The best orthodontists in Dubai always recommend that one gets a regular dental health checkup. In a few of those cases, these dental experts propose that you get braces. As we all know, braces help in tooth remodeling, by correcting crooked or crowded teeth, malocclusion, overbite, and many other tooth related problems.

One of the biggest questions asked by many patients is, “How exactly do these dental braces work?” We have discussed all you need to know how braces work.

Types of braces

When getting braces in Dubai, there are a few types to choose from. While they may all seem different from each other, they are actually working towards the same goal – which is to align your teeth and remodel your dental structure. There are five major types of dental braces to choose from and they are;

  • Traditional Braces

Often referred to as ‘metal braces’, these dental braces have evolved over time. They are made mostly from high-quality stainless steel. The brackets on the teeth are attached to an arch wire which then inserts even pressure to move the teeth or jaw to the correct direction or position.

  1. Ceramic Braces

Ceramic materials which have the same colors as the patient’s teeth have, over time, become appreciated. This is because they look and feel like real teeth. They are almost not noticeable hence becoming an alternative to people who do not want others to see their treatment. This method generates results faster than other braces which are almost invisible to other people’s eyes.

  • Lingual Braces

Designed to work just like metal or ceramic braces, lingual braces work hard to help shift the teeth to the right position. The only difference is that lingual braces are attached to the inner part of the bite instead of the outside. They can be as effective as other braces but they are not easily noticeable. The fact that they are at the back and inner part of the mouth will make it hard for just anyone to notice.

  • Self-litigating braces

Self-litigating braces work and look almost just like metal braces. The only part they vary is that these are available with clear or ceramic brackets. This makes them a bit more discreet.

Instead of elastic bands to hold the wires in place, they use clips. This creates far much less friction when you are maintaining your dental hygiene.

  • Clear aligners

Clear aligners are basically clear (invisible) removable braces. Invisalign® is the most common type of clear aligners. Without any metallic objects making it up, the plastic aligners gently and gradually move teeth to their rightful position. Invisalign aligners are custom made – one by one, made to fit specific patients. Unlike many other braces, Invisalign can be taken out at any moment so that you can enjoy certain meals.

However, it is advisable that you keep them on at least 20 hours every day. The cost of Invisalign in Dubai varies from one clinic to another. Take note that, not all clinics in the UAE offer such services as only qualified Invisalign dentists in Dubai are certified to offer it.  

Parts of braces

Before you get to understand how braces are helpful in bone remodelling, it is important to first know how braces work. Knowing the different parts of the braces and exactly what their purpose is will be of much help.

  • Brackets

Ceramic or metallic links which are attached to the tooth. While there may be an uncomfortable feeling one may get during the procedure, there is no pain experienced. Brackets ensure that the pressure is applied evenly to all teeth.

  • Archwire

The long and thin piece of wire connecting brackets. Archwires are the mechanisms by which pressure is evenly applied to the teeth.

  • Bonding material

This is some sort of ‘friendly glue’ which is used to attach brackets to your teeth.

  • Ligature elastics

These are also known as ‘O-rings’. These are the small ties which are used to connect brackets to the archwire. They mostly do the heavy lifting of pushing teeth to the right position and that is why they are changed at every visit to the dentist and are tightened further.

  • Spacers

Just as their name goes, spacers are used to create space in between individual teeth. In most cases, the orthodontist fits them between molars. This makes it easier for bands to comfortably fit through. Furthermore, spacers add more space to the back of your teeth hence push your jaw forward.

Tooth movement mechanisms

When the archwire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth, the end result is the tooth moving. Springs or bands are sometimes used to apply more pressure on the tooth and to redirect them to a different direction. Braces exert pressure for an extended period of time meaning that the teeth, at some point, gradually shift position to the desired place.

The periodontal membrane (also known as PDL or Periodontal Ligament) is stretched on one side and gets compressed on the other when pressure is applied on the teeth by the braces. As this happens, the tooth gets loose. The bone automatically grows in to support the tooth in its new position. Generally, this is bone remodeling.   

Bone remodeling

A term like ‘bone remodeling’ might sound daunting to many but that is exactly what braces do. At the end of the day, this essentially means strengthening your teeth. This biochemical process is responsible for making bones stronger as a response to load-bearing activities after some time.

Osteoclasts and osteoblasts are cells which make up bones. Increasing the load on a bone creates osteoclasts which break down it down as a response to the load. Osteoblasts are created when the load has been removed. In response, they create new bony cells. When the process is repeated, bone density increases and the desired density is achieved.

As mentioned earlier, this entire process is performed by the archwire. The scientific reasoning behind this concept is quite fascinating and complex at the same time. For a better understanding, try to think of a normal wire. Wires are straight and still when you try to bend them, they will at some point want to be straight. That is exactly what goes on in the mouth.

The heat inside the mouth is somewhat close to temperatures of 98.6°F forces the wire to eventually bend into the shape of your teeth. At some point, it will want to straighten and this is where the pressure that actually moves your teeth to the desired position comes from.

All this process happens quite gradually and takes quite some time for results to be seen. However, teeth move at an average of one millimeter a month. In order to reach the desired shape and position, an adult would require braces between 6 months to 3 years. On average, it takes 2 years.

Do you need braces? Talk to the experts

Getting braces for bone remodeling in Dubai will require you to get the best orthodontist. You do not have to worry about searching for them as Gorgeous Smile Dental Clinic has you covered. With the best and most experienced dentists in Dubai, you are bound to not only receive the best dental services but also get affordable clinic in the region.

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