If you’ve been told by a dentist you need braces, this may be a very exciting time! After all, expert orthodontic treatment can be your ticket to a happy and healthy smile! You may have a number of questions about getting braces like:

  1. How do braces work?
  2. How long do braces take to work?
  3. How are braces put on and maintained?

These are all good starting questions. When you’re ready for orthodontic treatment, knowing more about braces will help ease your anxiety during the treatment. We’ve written an entire guide for people who want to know everything there is to know about braces.

How Do Braces Work?

Braces work by applying constant pressure to your teeth, allowing them to change their position slowly. The pressure from braces also changes the shape of your jaw gradually. Braces are readjusted periodically throughout their time in your mouth to exert pressure little by little. Braces typically include metal brackets that are attached to teeth using glue; an archwire (which holds the teeth together) and rubber bands (to hold them in place). Once it’s time for an adjustment, we adjust the wire and switch out the elastic bandage.

Do Braces Change Your Face?

Braces can change your face because they change the shape of your jaw. The changes tend to be subtle and also positive – because the shape of your jaw in part controls the direction and straightness of your teeth. If you are a teenager when you get braces, you may not notice the changes in your face as much as an adult because you’re growing anyway. Changes tend to be subtle and they’re usually positive too; because the way your jaws look affects the position of your teeth. These changes are also positive – you will likely be delighted with the results.

How Does Someone Get Braces?

To get braces, you’ll visit our office for a free consultation. If Dr. Chung, Dr. Epshteyn, or our team decide you need them, you can begin treatment when you’re ready.

Why Do I Need An Orthodontist To Get Braces?

Orthodontists are specialists who specialize in correcting problems like misaligned jaws, crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth, overbites, underbites, extra spaces between the teeth, and others. Dentists aren’t just focused on fixing broken teeth — they’re also there to prevent cavities from forming in the first place. It’s better to get orthodontic services from an orthodontist to ensure that the work will be done correctly.

What Are The Different Types Of Braces?

Classic braces are metal braces, which are very common. They consist of metal braces, metal wires, and colored rubber bands. There are also clear (ceramic) braces and Damon® braces. You can learn more here!

How Long Do Braces Take To Work?

Depending on the type of braces used and the state of your teeth at the time of installation, most orthodontists recommend wearing braces for anywhere from one year to three years.