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The Braces Adjustment Process and How it is Done

If you have never had orthodontic braces as a teen, but still have crooked teeth too complex for Invisalign oral aligners or other solutions, you may have hesitated to be treated as an adult because of how uncomfortable or even painful you were told they were by other kids. Dr. Song, who has years of specialized training as an orthodontist and decades of experience, can assure you that with today’s braces and ways to speed up the process, there is no reason to be seriously concerned.

Miraculous advances in technology, techniques, cosmetic dentistry, and anesthetics have made the process much easier, less visible, faster, and even painless. Over 92% of those who have had orthodontic treatment of any kind recommend it.

Yes, occasionally a wire or bracket could irritate the tongue or poke a cheek, but you will be given a dental wax to help, can use a cold compress to numb the point of contact, or apply an over-the-counter topical anesthetic until Dr. Song fixes the problem. 

In order to keep the teeth moving into their new positions according to the treatment plan, your orthodontist needs to adjust the braces periodically as the alignment changes. Depending on your unique case, they may have you come in every 6-8 weeks to have the bands removed, then the archwire, leaving only the brackets., to check the progress, as well as how well you are keeping up with cleaning. They will determine if any adjustments in the positioning of the archwire and bands are needed, installing new ones and making any other alterations to stay on course.

There can be some discomfort after an adjustment, but it usually subsides in a few hours and you can accelerate this by massaging the gums in a circular manner. If it lasts more than a few days, call to set an appointment so that Dr. Song can address the issue. Meantime, you can use an OTC pain medication, rinse your mouth with warm salt water, numb the teeth by sipping cold water, and eat softer foods.

Don’t let unfounded fears keep you from getting to your perfect smile