Getting braces is a big investment in your oral health, and like any investment, it takes time and routine check-ins to achieve a perfect result that lasts forever. After your braces have been applied, you will meet with your orthodontist for periodic adjustment appointments every three to eight weeks. It’s extremely crucial to attend each appointment to ensure your treatment is going according to plan. Here are three important things your orthodontist will do at each adjustment appointment.
1. Replace Weakened Elastics
As your teeth start to shift into place, the rubber elastics that hold the brackets to the wire will begin to loosen and wear down. Your orthodontist will evaluate the state of each elastic tie at your follow up appointments and replace any that have weakened. This will ensure the appropriate force continues to be applied to your teeth.
2. Adjust Wire Tightness
Like elastics, the flexible wire used to guide teeth movement also needs an occasional inspection. Gradual teeth movement can render the original wire longer or looser than necessary. At your adjustment appointments, your orthodontist will check on your wire and tighten it as needed so that your teeth continue to move as intended.
3. Ensure a Beautiful, Permanent Result
The most important reason to attend orthodontic adjustment appointments is, of course, to protect your investment and make sure your results truly last forever. Your appointments are also an opportunity for you to talk directly with your orthodontist and voice any questions or concerns you may have about your braces. To find out how you can accelerate your treatment by up to 50% visit acceledent.com/doctor-locator to find an AcceleDent provider near you!