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What Happens When My Braces are Adjusted?

What Happens When My Braces are Adjusted

It can be a bit overwhelming and even scary for you to go to an orthodontist to get your braces adjusted for the first time. However, the process is not one to fear. Knowing what happens when your braces are adjusted is a great way to calm your anxiety down.

If you are scheduled for a brace’s adjustment, here is what you can expect and some tips to lessen any pain or discomfort you might feel afterward.

First – The Elastic Ligature or Rubber Bands is removed

Getting your braces adjusted will often start with having your orthodontist gently pull out each of the rubber bands holding the archwire in place. This part will not be painful at all, and you will most likely not feel it. If anything, you may feel a slight decrease in pressure along the gums and teeth.

Second – The Archwires are Removed

After the elastics have been removed, the archwire will be loose and easily come off. The orthodontist will then be able to easily detach the archwire if needed.

Third – Your Teeth Will be Examined

Next up, your orthodontist will want to examine your teeth. Wearing braces changes the positioning of your teeth. Orthodontists will want to make sure this is being done safely and accurately, so they will likely examine your teeth and gums for signs of movement.

The standard Surrey orthodontist practice is that an orthodontist will check whether or not there’s progress and which areas of the mouth may need further correcting or adjustments.

Fourth – Adjustments and Reapplying

Once your teeth have been examined, it is time for the archwire and rubber bands to go back on. The orthodontist will set up the brackets, put back the archwire around your teeth, and secure them with a new set of elastic ligatures. They may make some alterations to the fit depending on the results of the examination.

Depending on what you need, the orthodontist may make some changes to the wires, and you might experience some discomfort along your jaw, gums, and teeth. If that happens, tell the orthodontist immediately so that they can adjust and ease the pressure.

After the Adjustment

After the adjustment, most patients experience some soreness and pain during the following days. This is because the teeth are still adapting to the changes made to your braces. If this happens, you can lessen the pain by applying some hot compress on your face. In addition, a cold compress can reduce any swelling that is happening inside your mouth and generally make it more manageable for you.

You may need to adjust your diet for a couple of days afterward. Soft food is encouraged and stay away from sugar and sweets while everything is setting in. Doing this can ease the tension or stress that your teeth would have to go through when you chew harder foods. After the first few days go by, you likely won’t feel anything different. The changes your orthodontist makes are very subtle at each visit.

If you have any concerns, make sure to contact your orthodontist immediately.

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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