Braces Explained: How Teeth Move / Braces Work
Braces Explained: How Teeth Move / Orthodontic Tooth Movement:
(Special shout-out to Luka Andjelov for the video idea!)
In this video, I will be answer the question of how braces, invisalign, spacers, etc are able to move your teeth! As orthodontist, we specialize in idealizing your smile and to do that we have to be able to control where the teeth move and how they fit together.
Contrary to what you may think, teeth are not fused to your bone, and a bit of movement is normal. This is due to the fact that teeth are suspeneded in your bone by millions of fibers called periodontal ligaments, or PDL, for short. When the PDL is compressed by force, the bone on that side will resorb, or eat away, and on the opposite side, where the PDL is stretched, new bone will be formed. This is what makes teeth move through bone. In this video, I will show two cases of how teeth can be moved by applying a slight pressure & tension to the PDL and activate bone cells to allow tooth movement.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me via the comments below!
See you next time!