Malocclusion, or crooked teeth and a misaligned bite, is a common issue. Some children’s teeth come in crooked, overlapping, or crowded. This may occur when a child’s mouth is too little for their teeth. Individuals may also have gapped teeth. Other times, a child may have upper and lower jaws that aren’t the same size or that did not form correctly. This can cause an overbite or an underbite. If your child has malocclusion, Dr. Justin Warcup may recommend braces in Fort Worth, Texas.
Braces use numerous components to apply continuous pressure over a period of time to move the teeth to their ideal positions. These components include:
Brackets – The brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth or are attached to orthodontic bands. The brackets hold the arch wires in place that move the teeth.
Orthodontic bands – These bands wrap around each tooth to anchor the brackets in place. They are not used for all patients. Some individuals have brackets and no bands.
Arch wires – Arch wires attach to the brackets and guide the teeth to their proper positions.
Ligatures – These tiny rubber bands hold the arch wires to the brackets.
Elastics or rubber bands – These are attached to hooks on the brackets and worn between the upper and lower teeth. They move the upper teeth against the lower teeth to achieve proper fit of individual teeth.
We welcome you to contact North Texas Smiles for more information and to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist.