Power chains. It sounds like a tool a superhero might use. Well, that is not far from the truth. Power chains are devices that orthodontists use to expedite braces treatment times. They work in the same capacity as traditional ‘O’-shaped rubber bands used in orthodontics for many decades. You may need them to complete a perfect smile. In this post, we’ll take you through what power chains do for you and why orthodontists love them. Let’s get going.
What are Power Chains Exactly?
Power chains are in essence, many ‘O’-shaped rubber bands linked together to form a chain. They replace ligatures. In some cases, they may be used together. This of course depends on what is at stake.
There are also the wire power chains. As described, they are power chains made from wire, not elastic rubber, and are used for severe cases only. Your ortho will know what type you’ll need.
Why Do I Need Power Chains?
Power chains close gaps and proved extra force to move teeth in a quicker fashion than elastic ligatures. It is a given that if you have had teeth extracted then you’ll need them. In some cases, they may be kept on after they have done their work. This is to give the ortho confidence the teeth stay put.
Are They Replaced?
Yes. They are changed regularly just like elastic rubber bands. When you attend the office for adjustments and tightening and check-ups you will receive a fresh new set. You can choose colors too. Maybe match your fave sports team color or the color of your fave pop singer’s best outfit.
Take into account your diet when choosing colors.
Take into account your diet when choosing colors. Certain foods stain the material and look horrid after a short while. Darker colors as with clothes hide food stains better than lighter shades.
How Strong are Power Chains?
There are 3 levels of strength. This means 3 different amounts of rings on the chain. It all depends on how many teeth are connected and what each chain is trying to achieve.
Do Power Chains Hurt?
In short yes. After your ortho has fitted them, you’ll sure know it. The pain will reduce to discomfort then you’ll hardly notice them. Then the cycle repeats. During painful times, soft foods are recommended. You will get used to the cycle after a few times and the whole thing will feel less annoying each time.
How Long Does it Take?
Power chains work differently for each person. In circumstances of mild gap closing and corrections, you may need only a month. In other more severe cases, it can take 6 months maybe more. Again, your ortho will know instantly the needs of your mouth.
As the wearer of braces, you may not notice the closing of gaps by the power chains. But believe in the process and wait for the result.
Can I Clean my Teeth Properly?
Yes. You will have to submit to a cleaning regimen when having any type of brace treatment. Power chains do not mean it is harder than usual to keep a healthy mouth. You will need certain oral health devices to clean the bits behind the power chains but nothing you can’t handle.
It is important to stay on top of cleaning. Wearing braces for years will influence the tooth surfaces and areas between the teeth. Work with your ortho to have in motion the best oral health plan you can handle during the whole treatment.
Power chains are an essential part of most orthodontic treatments. Whether this is through routine orthodontic work or the need to get some strength behind the movement. Dr. Gluck and the professionals at Gluck Orthodontics will be the ones to help with this process so that it goes smoothly and conveniently for you.
In order for you to get in touch with the team, you can schedule an appointment in their Tennessee office.
2002 Richard Jones Road,
Suite A-200 Nashville, TN 37215