Although orthodontic treatments are effective in helping you to improve the look, feel and function of your smile, it’s a process that is not going to happen overnight!
But with a little bit of patience and perseverance, results can be truly life changing, especially when it comes to giving patients the opportunity to wear their smiles with confidence again!
Once your new brace system has been fitted, it’s important that you visit your dentist or orthodontist on a regular basis in order to ensure that your brace is secure, healthy and performing as it should.
And as part of this process, it may mean that your brace needs to be adjusted in order to optimise the effectiveness of the process.
So, every month or so, you will be expected to visit your dentist for adjustments to be made, and it’s absolutely nothing to be concerned or worried about, it’s simply procedure.
In order to hopefully put your mind at rest, we have created a list outlining 5 things you need to know about brace adjustment – we hope you find it helpful!
Making the adjustments
When it comes to adjusting your brace, your dentist will simply remove the little rubber brands that are holding each bracket to the wire. By doing this, your dentist will then be able to remove the wire and assess the alignment of your teeth.
Will I need a new wire fitted?
This all depends at what stage of the treatment you have reached. Your dentist will make this decision and simply place a new arch wire onto the brackets on your brace, along with some new elastic ligatures.
Will it hurt?
It’s a common misconception that adjusting your brace will cause a lot of pain and discomfort, when in reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Although some patients will experience some element of pressure and tightening on their teeth when the adjustments are being made, this will only last a matter of days.
If this is the first time you are getting adjustments to your brace, it may hurt a little more.
Of course, any pain or discomfort your braces cause you during the process can be easily managed using a wide range of over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. You should also try and stick to only eating soft food in the days after getting your braces fitted!
6 months into your treatment
6 months into your treatment, it’s highly likely that when it comes to adjusting your braces, you will not experience any pain at all! Some patients have reported experiencing soreness just after receiving their adjustments, where as others have reported no pain at all.
And it’s worth pointing out that everyone’s experience is entirely different, so don’t let people put you off based on their experience.
What else does the process involve?
When you attend your adjustment appointment, your dentist might even apply additional parts to your brace in order to enhance its performance. These includes parts such as coils, rubber bands and chains. It’s really not as scary as it sounds!