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How Often Are Orthodontic Braces Archwires Are Changed

How Often Are Orthodontic Braces Archwires Are Changed

For braces to effectively correct the alignment of teeth, the archwire must put constant pressure on the brackets and teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position. However, when the positions of your teeth change, the existing archwire may lose effectiveness. As your teeth shift, braces require stiffer archwires to continue to move teeth.

Consistent Archwire Changes for Desired Results

To achieve the desired results, your orthodontist must change the archwire consistently. How often an archwire needs to be changed depends on the individual. Some patients may need to book an appointment sooner, but most patients can go 6 to 8 weeks before they need to replace the archwire to continue exerting the necessary pressure on the teeth and brackets.

The Impact of Archwire Type on Replacement Frequency

The type of archwire used will also affect how often it needs to be changed. For example, if you use a stainless steel archwire, it will need to be changed more frequently, as stainless steel is more likely to bend and warp over time.

Braces impact everyone differently. During treatment, you should continue to see your orthodontist for regular appointments even if everything seems to be going well, as they will be able to spot any potential issues early on. During these appointments, the orthodontist will remove the old archwire and replace it with a new one.

Time for an Adjustment? Contact Maduke Bulat Orthodontist

If you are experiencing discomfort or your archwire is poking you, it is probably time for an adjustment. Our team at Maduke Bulat Orthodontist can assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of action. Contact us today to book an appointment or ask us a question.

Maduke-Bulat is a long-established orthodontics practice in Surrey, BC. Dr. Sandra Maduke and Dr. Ryan Bulat are both certified specialists offering cutting-edge orthodontics in a warm and compassionate environment.

If you have any questions about this article or orthodontics in general, or if you want to make an appointment with Maduke-Bulat, please contact us at (604) 591-8621.

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