How Do Braces Work?

Traditional Braces

Orthodontists move teeth through the use of specialized orthodontic hardware, which permits the application of steady pressure over time to move the teeth into their ideal positions. There are three main components that are used with traditional braces to make this possible. The brace itself, which is placed on the tooth, the archwire, which runs through each brace and applies corrective pressure to the teeth, and a “tie” (typically made from elastic material) which connects the archwire to the brace. As treatment progresses, you will make periodic visits to the Orthodontist to have your wires changed. Each new wire that is placed will create new tooth movement, until eventually your teeth reach their ideal location.

SPEED Braces

SPEED Braces are a revolutionary type of Orthodontic appliance that have a few key differences relative to traditional braces, and offer a number of unique benefits. SPEED Braces have a built in component called a Spring Clip. The SPEED Spring Clip serves two purposes. First, it actively co-operates with the archwire. This can result in more tooth movement between appointments relative to traditional braces. Secondly, the SPEED Spring Clip eliminates the need for the “ties” that bind the archwire to the brace. By eliminating the need for “ties”, the teeth are able to move more freely and with less applied pressure. As a result, treatment may be faster and more comfortable. There are a number of other benefits related to SPEED Braces. Please click here to learn more about SPEED Braces, and why they are the ideal choice for someone considering Orthodontic treatment.