Closing Extraction Gaps with Braces

After an extraction, you can expect a gap between your teeth. The amount of time it takes to close a gap will depend on your unique body and the method that is used to help close them. Here at Gladwell Orthodontics, we have found that gaps in lower jaw teeth typically take more time to close than those in the upper jaw teeth. It may take anywhere from a few months to an entire year to close extraction gaps.

If Dr. Gladwell recommends braces to you and you have extraction gaps, he may also suggest power chains. Power chains are made of the same elastic material you’ll find on elastic ligatures, which are the o-shaped elastics that hold your arch wire to each bracket.

Basically, power chains are the linking of several ligatures. If Dr. Gladwell places them on your teeth, you’ll notice one long, continuous band. Usually, Dr. Gladwell recommends power chains as a replacement for ligatures. However, sometimes, he may suggest ligatures and power chains at the same time.

Power chain can expedite the time it takes to close a gap in your teeth. They can do this by applying extra force to them. Even after your gap has closed, Dr. Gladwell may encourage you to keep your power chains on to ensure it’ll remain closed for the remainder of your orthodontic treatment.

At first, power chains may feel weird in your mouth. Fortunately, your teeth will eventually get used to them and you won’t experience any discomfort. Since it can be a bit tricky to clean your teeth with power chains in your mouth, Dr. Gladwell will show you some strategies that can make this easier.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics

If you have further questions about power chain or are wondering whether they are right for you, don’t hesitate to contact our Raleigh, NC office at (919) 453-6325. We look forward to hearing from you!