Ahh, October. Easily one of my favorite months. Time to break out the sweaters as the last leaves change color and line the streets with the brilliant oranges, yellows and reds that make the fall so beautiful here in the Columbus area. Orthodontists find even more to love about October because it is also National Orthodontics Health Month.
The entire history of orthodontics, going back thousands of years, has been a battle between humankind’s inventive intellect and the naturally occurring imperfections of our teeth. Most of us are born with crooked teeth, and our malocclusions can result in some very real, very devastating consequences, both medically and socially.
Even though orthodontics is a specialty that covers a vast array of treatments, much of our work centers around straightening teeth with braces.
Braces straighten teeth by applying a light, constant pressure to move the teeth into place. The membrane that holds a tooth is stretched on one side and compressed on the other. Because these membranes are delicate and need time to readjust, it is necessarily a slow process, which is why the average treatment time for braces is between one and two years.