Dental braces are devices used to correct various dental irregularities. They are used to place additional pressure on the teeth in order to move them to the desired position. Dental braces are of various types, depending on the severity of the dental irregularity.
The first step of the routine adjustment is that the orthodontist will carefully examine your dental braces to check for damage or abnormal wear and tear. Next, the archwire will be adjusted and tightened as needed to ensure the proper alignment of each tooth. Once this is done, your doctor will apply an orthodontic adhesive to the brackets of your teeth that secure the wires in place and protects the enamel from damage.
The final step is any necessary adjustments to the tiny rubber bands that hold together specific teeth for a more precise treatment process. Your doctor will adjust these as necessary at each subsequent visit throughout your treatment plan.
Before any adjustments are made, your orthodontist will first review your progress to make sure you’re moving in the right direction. The dentist will then select a tool to make the needed changes. In most cases, he or she will use a small metal instrument to adjust the wire or rubber bands. He or she might also use a sharp tool to poke at your enamel in order to make room for the new wires and brackets.
In some cases, the orthodontist might use a tool called an “abrasion bur” to remove a small portion of tooth enamel to allow for more room for your braces. You might also be given special toothpaste to help your gums adjust more quickly to the changes that your braces are causing.
After adjustments have been made, you’ll probably be sent home with some extra instructions to follow and instructions on when to return for your next checkup and cleaning.
When your dentist is finished adjusting your wire, he or she will thoroughly clean the gumline to remove any plaque or leftover food particles. Then, once you’re ready, the dentist will polish your teeth with a small amount of toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Finally, you’ll rinse your mouth, and the dentist will discuss any other concerns you may have.
If you experience a lot of pain and discomfort after the adjustment, try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve your pain. If pain persists for more than a few days, contact your dentist’s office to schedule an appointment.
It’s important to remember that discomfort is a temporary part of having orthodontic treatment. Most people get used to their appliances within a few weeks!
If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your appointment today, give us a call and arrange a consultation right away. We’ll make sure to provide you with all the information you need to have a successful treatment process from start to finish!
Most people experience mild soreness or discomfort after their adjustment appointments when wearing dental braces. This soreness usually goes away within a day or two. Our dentist may prescribe medication to alleviate any pain or discomfort if needed. You can also eat soft foods, such as yogurt or ice cream, to reduce irritation.
As a general rule, avoid chewing on anything hard, like ice or pencils. And don’t chew on the ends of the wires of your dental braces—this could loosen the cement holding the wires in place and irritate your gums. If you have any questions about how to care for your dental braces, ask our dentist during your next adjustment appointment! To learn more, visit our office or request an appointment online.