One thing that we’ve noticed here at Hamilton, Wilson & Hendrickson Orthodontics is that orthodontic patients tend to get really anxious during the braces process – namely because they can’t wait to see their new and beautiful smile. As your providers of Lawrence and Topeka orthodontics, we understand that you’re going to be anxious to get your braces off, but be patient – it’s a long process…but it’s worth it! Braces (as well as our Lawrence and Topeka, KS Invisalign treatment) will take quite some time to work properly and we’d like to explain why this is.

The Reason for the Long Process

Your teeth are connected to your jaw bone; since they’re part of a large and stable structure, moving them will require plenty of pressure. However, if too much pressure is applied or if the teeth are moved too quickly, the procedure won’t be safe and it can even cause long-term (and potentially irreversible) damage to your teeth and gums. Orthodontic treatment maintains its safety by applying gentle, but consistent force over time to straighten teeth. The long process for our Topeka and Lawrence orthodontics may be annoying to a patient, but it’s absolutely necessary as your health is our top concern.

How Braces Work

The process for moving teeth into new positions is known as bone remodeling. The archwires of your braces will slowly and gently push your teeth into new positions and during that process, old bone tissue resorbs while the new bone tissue is formed. Because the old tissue is being removed, the teeth are able to shift, but the reason why they’re able to stay in their new, more proper positions is that new bone tissue has solidified the teeth in place. If the new bone tissue hasn’t formed, the teeth risk becoming loose and even falling out. This is the main reason why treatment with braces can last so long; it can take up to ten months for the new bone tissue to solidify! While you’ll notice significant results within the first several months or year, you’ll need to continue wearing the braces for longer while you wait for the new bone growth. It’s only then that your orthodontist in Lawrence and Topeka will be able to safely remove your braces.

Contact Your Orthodontist in Lawrence and Topeka Today!

If you have any questions or comments for us, we encourage you to contact us and let us know. We at Hamilton, Wilson & Hendrickson Orthodontics will be glad to assist you however we can! If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment for braces or Invisalign in Lawrence or Topeka, KS, please feel free to give us a call at one of our two convenient office locations. Our Lawrence phone number is (785) 843-3183 and our Topeka phone number is (785) 272-3722. We can’t wait to see you!

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