How Do Braces Work?

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Posted Oct 13th, 2016

How Do Braces Work?

While many of people wear braces at some point in their lives, they often don't fully understands the ins and outs of how these orthodontic appliances work.


Well-informed patients are more likely to get through their treatment without any hitches.

Here, we’d like to share with you exactly how braces work, to help you can better understand what’s going on in your mouth during your treatment!

What do braces do?

Braces slowly move teeth into their correct positions by applying continuous pressure over an extended period of time.

Braces are made up of a multiple parts, and all of them serve specific purposes. The basic parts that make up most sets of braces are as follows:

The small squares bonded to each tooth are called brackets. Brackets can be made of several different materials, and can be placed on either the front or back sides of your teeth. Brackets hold the arch wires, which actually move the teeth, in place.

Stainless steel orthodontic bands function as anchors for the brackets.

Arch wires are attached to the brackets and create the pressure that moves the teeth. They can be clear, tooth-coloured, or metal.

Elastic ties fasten the arch wires in place on the brackets. These small rubber rings come in a wide range of colours.

Elastics or rubber bands attach to hooks on the brackets, applying pressure to move the upper and lower teeth into the desired positions in relation to each other.

If you have any additional questions about how braces work, or about other parts of your orthodontic appliances, feel free to contact one of our BC Orthodontic Specialists in Surrey today!

Ready to set off on the path to a beautiful new smile? Contact us today.