What does a power chain do on braces?

  • By: Editorial Team
  • Date: February 25, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Power chain braces work by putting pressure on the teeth, which will allow them to align and tighten some more. Power chain braces usually consist of a metal band with a bracket on each end and one or two power chains (also known as power cords) in between.

The middle of the metal band has an elastomeric tube which is where the power chain is inserted. The elastomeric tube will allow the brackets to move slightly, which stretches the teeth by applying force on them.

What are power chains made of?

Usually, power chains are made out of stainless steel wire, although sometimes they are made out of other metals such as gold or titanium. Power chains can also be made out of elastomeric materials such as silicone, although this is more common with expanders than power chains.

How does a power chain work?

A power chain works by applying force on the teeth which causes them to move into their final position. The amount of force that can be applied through a power chain is very small, meaning that there is no pain when moving teeth.

What types of power chains are available?

There are many different varieties and styles of power chains that can be used with braces, such as braided or looped style. But the most common style of power chain is a straight bar with two loops on each end.

When will I need to get new power chains?

It is not easy to determine when you will need new power chains, as it requires looking at the progress of your teeth over an extended period of time. Usually, people only require new power chains when they are wiggling or loose, or if their braces are removed.


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What stage of braces do you get power chains?

Power chains are usually introduced when a person has their braces on for about 6 months and there is noticeable overbite (teeth sticking out past the lip).

How long do you have power chains for braces?

Typically, people leave power chains in until they have finished having their braces on. They will need to be replaced every time the patient’s teeth move as well as after any stage of treatment such as invisalign or clear aligners. Make sure you tell your orthodontist if you think your power chain might be broken or damaged so it can be replaced before it falls out!

Why do power chains hurt so much?

Power chains do not hurt so much as they are uncomfortable. This is because the power chain applies force which can cause discomfort. If your orthodontist has prescribed you to wear a power chain, try to put it back in place as soon as possible after taking it out or it will become loose and fall out.

Power chains are made of very thin wire that is covered with elastomeric material on the outside making them flexible, which makes them comfortable for most people. The thickness of the wire can also be adjusted if necessary.

How long do your teeth hurt after getting a power chain?

The first thing that happens after I get a power chain placed is that the back teeth start to ache and eventually to feel really weird. Especially if you’re clenching hard it’s going to go away right after getting the power chain fitted, but also for sure within 1-2 days. It will maybe take 2-4 weeks before your sore spots stop hurting as much as they used to when biting or chewing your food.

My wisdom teeth got removed about six months ago and the pain I still felt in those teeth was completely gone after two days of having my power chains put on! The same happened with one of my upper molars which had been killing me every time I ate anything so I’m pretty confident saying that there are miracles involved here πŸ˜‰

It’s been more than a month since I got my power chains and they help me SO MUCH. Whenever I feel pain in my gums, which I still do from time to time, the pain goes away within seconds if I use pressure on top of my teeth! This can be easily done by biting down with your molars or clenching hard with your jaw muscles. It only takes a little bit of time until you get used to controlling them since you normally wouldn’t have this amount of control over any part of your mouth during regular life.

I haven’t had any sore spots hurting so far although I’ve been using pressure many times each day just to check how much force is needed for keeping things in place.

What color is best for braces?

When I got my braces on I did some research about the color of elastics and talked to my orthodontist before making a decision. He said that the white ones are very visible when smiling since they blend in with your teeth better than black or clear elastics which might be more comfortable but stand out against your teeth.

The bottom line is, if you get power chains make sure they either come in clear (transparent) or black! If you choose any other color it will drive you crazy every time you smile…

How often should power chains be changed?

Power chains should be changed every 6 weeks. They’re not much more expensive than regular elastics so there’s really no reason to wait longer than that! My orthodontist said that when I come in next time he’ll take them off for me and put new ones on if necessary.

What happens when you get braces?

That depends… It’s different for everybody but in my case the upper archwire was cut about two thirds up, slid back in place and then screwed into the top of my palate bridge. After that they started the process of getting the lower archwire ready by turning it with a screwdriver at least four times before putting everything together again. The archwire looks like stainless steel but has an elastic band embedded in it and that’s what holds my teeth together with the power chains.

I could go into more detail since I’ve been watching this process for hours but that should be enough to give you an idea of how it works πŸ˜‰ The whole thing is done without any pain because there are no sharp edges anywhere! It looks pretty brutal at first but after you get used to it it doesn’t feel so strange anymore πŸ™‚

What will happen if I don’t wear a retainer?

My orthodontist said that he’d have to put power chains on me again in about four months because my teeth would move back towards their original positions. This means longer treatment time, more money, increased risk of root tips growing out which ultimately leads to more complications.

What happens if my power chain breaks?

Even though I haven’t had any of mine break so far I know a girl who has! She said that it felt like her teeth were on the verge of breaking since she didn’t have anything to keep them in place anymore. If your power chain breaks, don’t panic! Go directly to your orthodontist and he’ll tell you what to do next…