Having Howell Orthodontics install braces on your teeth is just the very first step in the process of realigning your teeth for a more functional mouth and an appealing smile. In order to effectively realign your teeth, your braces will require routine adjustment sessions.
Each adjustment session minutely stretches the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth into your mouth. The periodontal ligaments and the orientation of your teeth then gradually accept this new position. After four to six weeks, your teeth will be ready for another small adjustment session. Each adjustment brings you one step closer to your ideal alignment.
Here at Howell Orthodontics, we tend to schedule adjustment sessions four to six weeks apart. While the primary purpose of the appointment is to adjust the tension of your braces, it is also a good time to replace any bands or other parts of your braces that have suffered some wear and tear. If you’ve noticed any part of your braces that has an issues, let your orthodontist know, so the problem receives the focus it needs.
If you miss an adjustment appointment, it could potentially increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.
If you are overdue for an adjustment session or you would like to schedule your next one in advance, please call Howell Orthodontics as soon as possible at 208-893-5151 to schedule an appointment.