After your braces have been put on, you might be surprised to learn that you will need to return to our office every three to six weeks to have them adjusted or tightened. To understand why we do this, you first need to know how braces work.
There are several different types of braces, but they all work based on the same principle. By applying force over time, your teeth are slowly pushed into their proper positions. As this movement occurs, your wires and bands are no longer as tight and will need to be replaced to continue the progress that is being made in your mouth. If you are wearing Invisalign clear aligners, the same goal is accomplished by replacing your current tray with the next size down.
As it takes a minimum of three weeks to observe movement of your teeth, this is the most common interval to schedule visits. Adjustment appointments also give us the opportunity to measure your progress and modify your treatment plan if necessary. Your actual interval will vary based on the type of braces that you are wearing and your body’s response to them.
At your appointment, you can expect to have your old wires and elastic ligatures removed and your teeth thoroughly brushed and floss. Next, you will select new colors for your bands and the new bands and wires will be applied. You may experience some tenderness after we are finished, but this won’t last very long.
Wearing braces is a partnership between you and us. When you do your part by practicing good home care and making regular adjustment appointments, we can do our part to ensure that you are getting the best treatment possible. Missing your adjustment appointments will extend the duration of your treatment and could lead to other problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. It won’t take very long so schedule your appointment today.