One important part of your orthodontic treatment is visiting your orthodontist to have your braces adjusted. Here's more about what to expect when you visit us for your adjustment appointments.
Orthodontic braces work by moving your teeth gradually and incrementally into their desired positions. For braces to be able to do this, they will need to be adjusted very slightly at fairly frequent intervals throughout your treatment schedule.
Here’s what you can expect when you visit a BC Orthodontics Group practice for an adjustment appointment:
- The orthodontic assistant will remove the elastics which hold the brackets to the arch wire.
- Next, the archwire will be removed.
- After the archwire has been removed your orthodontist will examine your teeth to determine how your treatment is progressing.
- If your orthodontist finds any parts of your braces that need to be replaced, it will be done at this point.
- Your archwire and new elastics will be put in place now. If it's your first adjustment appointment this can be a little painful, but in the future it should be less painful.
- If you can feel your archwire poking at your mouth tell your orthodontist right away. They will be able to shorten the archwire with clippers to help prevent any discomfort or irritation.
- That's all there is to it! Now all you need to do is book your next adjustment appointment.
Following an adjustment appointment it's not unusual to feel a little sore, but it should wear off after a few days. To help relieve your discomfort try icing your face periodically, or take an over-the-counter painkiller, and only eat soft foods until you're feeling a little less sore.