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Why are Braces Adjusted?

Why Are Braces Adjusted

Have you ever wondered why wearing braces involves regular trips back to the orthodontist’s chair for adjustments? The answer lies in the dynamics of orthodontic treatment.

Braces work by applying constant pressure to your teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired alignment. But as your teeth move, the pressure exerted by the braces weakens.

This is when adjustments and tightening are necessary, essentially resetting the pressure to maintain effective treatment.

Each Adjustment Session is Different

Each adjustment allows your orthodontist to respond to the way your teeth have repositioned since your last visit. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure, and your teeth placement is carefully evaluated before making any adjustments.

After assessing how your teeth have moved, the orthodontist may add spacers or replace ligatures to apply the necessary force and pressure to continue treatment.

What to Expect During and After an Adjustment

Adjustment appointments typically occur every 4-6 weeks, and although some might dread the idea of adjustments, these appointments are remarkably efficient—rarely lasting longer than thirty minutes. Patients can also book these without significant interruption to their daily routine.

After treatment, you may experience slight pain and discomfort for a few days. If the pain is particularly bad, consider taking over-the-counter painkillers or re-visiting your orthodontist.

We Make Braces Work For You

Braces adjustments are crucial for ensuring the continued progress of treatment, and understanding their significance will prepare you for what lies ahead and help you get the best results.

If you want to learn more about braces or other orthodontics, Maduke-Bulat is here to help. We take pride in making orthodontics seamless and accessible, and we offer compassionate support throughout your treatment.

Maduke-Bulat is a long-established orthodontics practice in Surrey, BC. Dr. Sandra Maduke, Dr. Ryan Bulat and Dr. Bernardo Peres are all 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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