The braces installed into your mouth at Friendly Smiles Orthodontics have been designed to improve the positions of your teeth. They can adjust many orthodontic issues by applying successive tension to the periodontal ligaments that anchor each tooth in its socket. This is done through routine adjustment sessions, which gradually reposition your teeth with each iteration.
Unless there are some unique attributes to your mouth or braces hardware, Dr. Ponce will likely recommend scheduling an adjustment every four to six weeks.
Tooth decay can pose a significant threat to the realignment process. If you develop cavities on multiple teeth, the complications could increase the total duration of time needed to attain your new smile. Each adjustment appointment is also a good opportunity to address any oral hygiene issues. If you’ve been struggling to clean in and around a piece of braces hardware, you should ask Dr. Ponce for further advice. This might include using interdental brushes, a floss threader, or an oral irrigator to clean a hard-to-reach place.
Your adjustment session will also include a cursory inspection of the braces hardware. Spacers can sometimes fall out, bands can break, wires might bend and brackets could potentially loosen. If you’ve noticed any problems with a piece of braces hardware, be sure to note them for Dr. Ponce at the start of the appointment so she can give it extra attention.
If you are due for your next routine adjustment in Tucson, Arizona, please call 520-326-1101 to schedule an appointment at Friendly Smiles Orthodontics.