If you’ve already had orthodontic treatment, then you’ve already
experienced the movement of your teeth. However, your orthodontist didn’t
magically make your teeth straight with the wave of a wand. Instead, we
used scientific processes to move your teeth into an ideal position for
a straight and beautiful smile! Here’s how:

Teeth are comprised of two different parts; The root, which is below the
gums, and the crown, which is above the gums. Each of your teeth connects
to the jaw bone through a periodontal ligament. When orthodontic treatment
is performed, the jawbone is restructured. Then, braces or other orthodontic
equipment is used to push the tooth into position, and the periodontal
ligaments in the tooth are either stretched or compressed. When the pressure
on the ligaments changes, the blood flow to the area also changes. This
distorts the fibers and cells in the ligament.

Procedures like this cause a variety of different things to happen within
the jawbone, which change its structure and, in turn, resulting in your
teeth moving.

Orthodontists usually achieve this movement by applying light pressure
to the teeth for an extended period. If you have ever had braces or another
orthodontic treatment, you know it can sometimes be painful and is often
a very long process. Tooth movement also requires a healthy periodontal
ligament, which can be achieved by practicing good oral hygiene to keep
your teeth and gums healthy.

If you want to learn more about orthodontic treatment or are interested
in straightening your teeth, the highly trained professionals at Speaks
Orthodontists can help move your teeth into a desirable position.
Contact us today!