After your braces are put on, it’s important to see your orthodontist regularly for adjustment appointments. Many people refer to this as getting their braces “tightened” because sometimes the teeth will feel a bit sore after these appointments.
Why do I have to get my braces tightened?
Braces need to be checked on and periodically adjusted to ensure that the correct amount of force is being applied to the teeth. These appointments also give the doctor a chance to see your progress, perform any necessary repairs, and make sure your oral health is up to par.
How often will I need to visit the office?
Typically, your braces will be adjusted about every 6-8 weeks. If the orthodontist would like you to come in more frequently, they will let you know.
What will be done?
A staff member will take a few simple progress photos, remove any colored ties or power chains, and remove the archwires if you are due for a wire change. The orthodontist will check your teeth and see if any adjustments are needed. Your wires will be placed in and new colored ties or power chains will be placed. If you received a new archwire or new powerchain, your braces will probably feel tight afterwards. The appointment takes about thirty minutes.
Will it hurt?
It may be a little uncomfortable, but most people do just fine. Any soreness should go away within a couple of days. Sometimes it’s nice to eat soft foods like smoothies or soups during those sore times. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different and you may even feel nothing at all. If you find that your teeth feel very sensitive at your adjustment appointments, you can try taking some ibuprofen or acetaminophen before your appointment.
Tightening braces can sound scary, but it really isn’t! Attending all of your appointments is one of the best ways to get the most out of your orthodontic treatment. Always keep your final goal in mind… a beautiful new smile! Come see the best orthodontist in San Tan Valley at Peterson Family Orthodontics.