Frequent adjustments to your braces are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. So, what should you expect when you visit your orthodontist for your braces adjustment?
Your braces shift your teeth gradually and incrementally into their corrected positions. To do this, your orthodontist will need to adjust your braces ever so slightly at fairly frequent intervals.
Here’s what you can expect when you visit Coquitlam Family Orthodontic Centre for an adjustment appointment:
- First, the orthodontic assistant will remove your elastics which hold the brackets to the archwire.
- Then we will remove the archwire.
- After the archwire has been removed the orthodontist will examine your teeth to assess how your treatment is progressing.
- At this point, we can replace any parts of your braces that may be broken.
- Next, your archwire and new elastics can be put in place. (This step can cause some discomfort if it's your first time, but it will be less painful next time).
- Be sure to tell the orthodontist straight away if your archwire is poking you in the mouth. The orthodontist or the assistant will be able shorten it with clippers to prevent any irritation.
- That's it! All you need to do now is book your next adjustment appointment.
It's not unusual to feel a little sore following your adjustment appointment. The discomfort you feel should wear off after a few days. To help ease your discomfort you may want to take an over-the-counter painkiller, or try gently pressing an icepack to your face periodically. Stick to eating soft foods until you're feeling a little less sore.