Orthodontia is a specialty field of dentistry which deals mainly with the alignment of teeth. A malocclusion, or improper bite, can be detrimental to a child’s oral health and the aesthetics of their smile. Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to keep clean, especially for children. This can contribute to tooth decay, periodontal disease and other oral health risks later in life. Children with malocclusions and crooked or crowded teeth often visit an orthodontist for corrective braces.
What Are Dental Braces?
Dental braces are corrective devices which are worn to correct the alignment of teeth. Braces help straighten crooked or crowded teeth and bring the jaw back into alignment to correct the bite. Braces typically consist of brackets, archwire and ligatures, or rubber bands. The length of time they are worn depends on the individual case and the specific issue being treated.
Ligatures and Rubber Bands
With dental braces, the archwire runs through the brackets to help provide the necessary pressure to slowly move teeth. The ligatures are tiny rubber bands that help hold the archwire in place and they are usually changed by the orthodontist each time the wire is tightened. This is known as getting the braces adjusted.
Interarch rubber bands are the final part of the process. They attach to the brackets and connect the top jaw to the bottom jaw. These rubber bands help adjust the position of teeth as well as the jaw. These interarch rubber bands are one of the most important factors in ensuring that a child’s teeth are aligned properly. They are typically replaced daily to keep them in good working order.
Every Case is Different
Not every child who receives braces will need these interarch rubber bands. It depends on their individual issues and existing jaw alignment. Parents usually make this decision based on the plan of care recommended by the orthodontist.
If you have a child who needs braces, or you think you may, make an appointment with our office. Our goal is to give you, or your child, the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.
Discuss your options by calling our office today!