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Why Do I Need My Braces Adjusted?

Braces need to be adjusted periodically

Braces Need Periodic Ajustments

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.


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How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

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Orthodontic Treatment

One of the first questions patients asked after getting braces or retainers is, “when can I get them off?” Depending on the severity of your malocclusion and the appliances used, the answer to that question is unique as the patients we treat! You can rest assured that we won’t keep you in treatment a day longer than is necessary to achieve your dream smile!

Traditional braces: If you have traditional-style braces, expect to be wearing them for 1-3 years. Treatment time varies based on the severity of your alignment issues and scheduling regular orthodontic appointments to tighten the wires. If a bracket should break or come off, have it fixed immediately to prevent extending the duration of your treatment.

InvisAligners: Using x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, we will create a 3-D model that allows us to create a plan for the movement of your teeth. A treatment ranges from 18-30 trays that are replaced every two weeks. For adults, results are usually realized in about a year and the treatment time is comparable to traditional braces for teens. It is vital that you wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day to achieve the quickest results and replace them at the regularly scheduled intervals.

ClearAligners: Similar to InvisAligners these accelerated braces were invented by our own Dr. Cronauer. ClearAligners can correct mild to moderate issues in as little as three to eight months! Once again, it is necessary to wear as directed to get the best results.

In-Ovation System Braces: Thanks to their self-ligating design, In-Ovation System braces are able to move your teeth quicker than traditional braces, thereby reducing the wearing time by several months.

Retainers: Once your treatment has concluded, we recommend that you wear retainers for at least a year after treatment to prevent your teeth from moving from their new positions. Failure to do so could lead to having to wear braces all over again.


No matter which appliance is chosen for your situation, the best results only come when you completely follow the directions for care at home. Failure to follow these instructions not only results in prolonged treatment, but could also cause damage to your teeth!  For more information about any or all of our tretment services, please visit our website HERE! Cronauer & Angelakis Orthodontics.

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Are InOvation Braces Right For You?


InOvation Braces



Orthodontic technology has come a long way over the years and our office is proud to be able to keep up with all the new changes and advancements. Patients coming in for braces often ask me about the In-Ovation System, one of the newest advances in braces. In-Ovation Braces are uniquely designed to be self-ligating. Instead of using elastic ties or wire to hold the wire in place like traditional braces, In-Ovation Braces use a clip already built into the bracket to hold the wire in place. The In-Ovation Braces System has three different options to choose from for maximum comfort, affordability, and results.

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