Have you ever wondered just exactly is going on when you’re getting braces? Sure, they are straightening your teeth and may cause a bit of discomfort, but what exactly is happening when your dentist pulls away and there is metal stuck to your teeth. It’s important to understand everything that’s going into your mouth, including what’s staying in there for such an extended period of time.

It surprisingly wasn’t until recently, around the last 15 years, that specially formulated enamel-proof bonding was used to fasten braces to your tooth. Before that, each individual tooth with be equipped with a small metal band around it to hold the hooks in place before they were wired together and tightened in the direction that the shift would be needed. However, this was known to be very uncomfortable and often times resulted in lost straightening time should a band become loose and fall off a tooth.

You may be shocked to find out the glue that’s used to hold the brackets for your braces on in fact isn’t even glue at all, but rather a specially formulated type of concrete. The ‘cement’, the cement like compound they use to adhere to your teeth, is put in place to withhold the constant grinding and impact your daily live will have on your teeth and braces. For an added hold, many dentists use a form of UV ray light-gun to speed up and strengthen the concrete glue drying process. The cement based bonding agent works best on a cleaned surface that is dry and smooth, which is why prior to glueing the brackets on your teeth are cleaned thoroughly and a dry field primer is used to assure an optimal adhesive surface.

Braces are big step to a straighter healthier smile. Although they’ve been around for decades and are so widely and safely used, it is understandable that people might still have some fears surrounding their application and functions. If you have any questions, contact our dental experts here.