What to Expect When You Are Having Your Braces Adjusted

It's a fact that when you have braces, you need to get them adjusted on a routine basis. Today our orthodontists at SmileTown Orthodontics Braces & Invisalign in Burnaby, Langley, and North Delta share the details on what happens at these adjustment appointments.

The task of braces is to gradually shift your teeth into a straighter position mapped out by your orthodontist, for this process to be successful you need to have your braces adjusted routinely. 

Below we have listed the steps that will be taken during your braces adjustments at SmileTown Orthodontics:

  1. The orthodontic assistant will begin the process by removing the elastics that hold your brackets to the archwire.
  2. Then they remove the archwire.
  3. When the archwire has been removed the orthodontist will examine your teeth to see the progress being made with your treatment.
  4. Then the orthodontist will be able to replace any parts of your braces that have been broken ( if there are any).
  5. After this, the archwire and new elastics are placed. (If this is your first time this step can cause a little discomfort, however, it will be less painful at your next adjustment).
  6. If the archwire is poking you in the mouth let your orthodontist know immediately. Someone from the orthodontic team will be able to shorten it with clippers to help prevent irritation.
  7. That's it! The only thing left for you to do is schedule your next adjustment appointment.

After having your braces adjusted It's normal to feel a little sore. If you do feel this discomfort, it should fade away in a few days. To help ease the pain you can periodically hold an icepack to your face or take an over-the-counter painkiller. And eat soft foods until you're feeling a little less sore. 

You can contact our orthodontists today with any questions you have about braces or getting your braces adjusted.