Braces, the time-tested orthodontic appliances, consist of:
These components work in tandem to apply gentle, controlled pressure on the teeth. The initial placement of braces is a meticulously planned process, but the journey to a perfectly aligned smile involves several adjustments throughout the treatment period.
One of the primary goals of braces adjustments is to address the changing needs of the patient’s teeth as they respond to the applied forces. Our orthodontist will carefully evaluate the progress made since the last adjustment and make necessary modifications to the wires and bands. This meticulous approach allows for targeted adjustments, enabling our orthodontist to fine-tune the treatment plan and address any unexpected developments.
The process of braces adjustment itself is relatively straightforward but requires skill and precision. During the appointment, our orthodontist may:
This process is tailored to the individual’s treatment plan, ensuring that the applied forces continue to guide the teeth into their designated positions.
What is the frequency of braces adjustment appointments?
Braces adjustments are typically scheduled every 4-6 weeks, to ensure that the teeth continue to move in the desired direction and pace.
Can braces adjustment be painful?
While braces adjustments are a vital component of orthodontic treatment, they may cause some temporary discomfort or soreness. This discomfort is a natural response as the teeth adjust to the new pressures applied during the adjustment. Over-the-counter pain relievers and orthodontic wax to alleviate any potential irritation from braces components are often recommended during this period.
It’s essential for patients to communicate openly with our orthodontist about any discomfort or concerns they may have during the braces adjustment process.