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Cementing your braces and orthodontic hardware onto your teeth is just the very first step in realigning your teeth for a more appealing smile and a better-functioning mouth. Having your braces routinely adjusted at Phan Orthodontics is the critical next step in the alignment process. Each appointment will apply modest, iterative tension to stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor each of your teeth in its specific socket.

Dr. Derick Phan typically schedules adjustments four to six weeks apart. This allows sufficient time for the teeth and periodontal ligaments to adapt to their new positions.

Tooth decay problems can cause complications that might interrupt the regular flow of the adjustments. This could increase the total duration needed to attain your new smile. Each adjustment appointment is also a good opportunity to talk about any oral hygiene issues. If you’ve been struggling to clean in and around a piece of braces hardware, your orthodontist can help you address the specific issue. 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 an inspection of the braces hardware. Spacers can sometimes fall out, bands can break, wires might bend and brackets could potentially come loose from the faces of your teeth. If you’ve noticed a problem with any of the orthodontic hardware, be sure to let your orthodontist know. With early notice, he can often repair the issue without undue complications.

If you are due for your next routine adjustment, please call 408.251.7901 to schedule an appointment at Phan Orthodontics.