Most people who decide to enhance their smile with Insignia braces can expect to be wearing them for roughly two years. After your orthodontist initially fixes braces to your teeth, you’ll go through an adjustment stage where you’ll experience some pain and discomfort for the first three or four days and you’ll get used to having metal brackets and wires in your mouth. After a couple of weeks, you’ll learn how to properly care for your braces, you’ve made adjustments to your everyday routine, and you’ll understand what foods you can eat and what foods to avoid!
To ensure your braces are successfully moving your teeth to the desired position, you’ll need to visit your orthodontist every four to six weeks to have your braces adjusted. Some people refer to it as ‘tightening your braces’ which sounds a lot worse than it actually is! Rather, the aim of an adjustment appointment is to ensure your braces are doing their job, your teeth are moving in the right angle, and to discuss any issues you may be experiencing. To put your mind at ease, today’s article will be focussing on what patients can expect at their first braces adjustment appointment.
Checking your progress
The first thing your orthodontist will do is check to see how your teeth are progressing. Obviously your teeth won’t move much during the first month, but your orthodontist will be able to check that your teeth are healthy and moving as planned. It’s vital that your braces are doing their job and moving your teeth one step closer to the desired position. Your orthodontist will also check your elastics to ensure they’re applying the right amount of pressure to your teeth.
You’ll probably have a few questions you’ll want to ask your orthodontist, or some problems you’ve experienced, so now is the time to ask and be honest! If you’ve had a poking wire or a loose bracket, tell your orthodontist so they can fix it. The more you know about the braces process, the better you’ll be able to address any issues you’ll have in the future.
Once your orthodontist has checked the progress you’ve made, the next step is to remove the archwires so only the metal brackets are remaining. This is done so your orthodontist can closely examine your teeth’s position to determine what actions to take next. At this point, he/she will likely brush and floss your teeth which is much easier without the archwire in the way!
Sometimes your orthodontist will just replace the elastics if your teeth need more time to progress, but most of the time they will adjust the archwire and replace the elastics as well. If your orthodontist makes an adjustment, they’ll either place a new archwire on your brackets or use the same archwire to continue the teeth movement process in the desired direction. Each adjustment appointment will be different and it really depends on the progress your teeth have made since your last appointment.
If your orthodontist has made an adjustment, you’ll likely experience some pain and discomfort from the extra pressure being applied to your teeth. This is completely normal and there are several ways in which you can alleviate this pain. Most of the time your orthodontist will prescribe some over-the-counter pain medication, and you should only eat soft foods while your teeth are tender.
When all is said and done, your first adjustment appointment wasn’t so bad and you’ll be on your way back home to eat plenty of ice cream! It’s important to remember that each braces adjustment appointment will bring you one step closer to achieving the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment such as Insignia braces, or you just have some questions about adjustment appointments, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the friendly team at Clear Smiles Orthodontics by phoning 07 5593 3733.