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What to Expect at Your Monthly Orthodontist Visits

When you go to the orthodontist to get your braces placed on your teeth, you will spend the next 12 to 36 months, on average, visiting the clinic for adjustments. You will have to visit the orthodontist monthly for these adjustments, and three main things will take place at each of these appointments.

The Orthodontist Checks and Measures the Progress of Your Braces

Braces do not straighten teeth in a day or two. Instead, it takes months or years for braces to shift teeth into the proper alignment. During the time you wear braces, you must visit your orthodontist to let him or her check the progress of the treatment plan. Each month, your orthodontist will monitor and measure the progress. If your teeth are not shifting quickly enough, he or she may take additional steps to increase the speed of the treatment. If your teeth are moving at a steady pace, the orthodontist will likely be satisfied with the way they are working. In this case, the orthodontist may continue treating you as planned.

They Will Tighten, Adjust, and Repair the Components of the Braces

Your orthodontist will tighten and adjust the components of your braces during each visit. One part of this often involves removing the rubber bands from the brackets and replacing them. They may also remove the wire and insert a new one through the brackets. If you have any broken parts of your braces, they will repair them during your visits. Getting your braces tightened and adjusted each month may result in some soreness; do not worry, as this is normal. The orthodontist must increase the pressure on your teeth each month to help shift your teeth into place.

They May Discuss Your Concerns or Questions

The orthodontist will talk to you about any concerns or questions you may have. For example, if the wire is poking your cheek, tell them about this issue. They may not know that there is a problem unless you talk to them about it. You may also want to ask them about your progress and plans for getting your braces removed. Your orthodontist will gladly answer any questions you have and address any concerns you have.

Going for your scheduled monthly visits is an essential part of your orthodontic treatment plan, so don't skip your appointments. If you have questions about braces or an upcoming visit, talk to an orthodontist today.