How Do Orthodontists Fix Misaligned Teeth?
Your bones have two kinds of cells that do all the work to remodel your skeleton as needed. Osteoclasts break down old bone and deliver it into your bloodstream (resorption), and osteoblasts build your bone where it needs to be reinforced (ossification). When you're a child, you create bone faster, and the process slows as you age. In fact, according to Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics, when you were in your first year of life, almost 100% of your skeleton was replaced, and as an adult, your bones remodel themselves at a rate of about 10% per year.
When orthodontists realign your teeth with the following devices, resorption and ossification are what allows for the movement and strengthening of your teeth in a new position.
There's a long list of famous and highly successful people who are considered beautiful or eccentric because of their misaligned teeth. But even if you like the unique aesthetic that comes with your crooked teeth, it's important to note that they could cause problems for your oral health. Speak with your dental professional, and they will help you determine whether any of the above straightening options are right for you. Whatever it is you decide, we hope it makes you smile.