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Your braces were installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Wendy Chen, to aid in the process of realigning your teeth. This will improve your oral function and give you an even smile. This is done by applying progressive tension to the braces hardware. This effectively stretches the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth in their sockets. Over the course of multiple adjustment sessions, your teeth will be realigned to their ideal positions.

Each adjustment appointment also includes a thorough inspection of the braces hardware. Spacers, bands, or any other piece of hardware that’s suffered some wear and tear will need to be replaced. If you’ve noticed a problem with something, it’s important to let Dr. Wendy Chen know so she can give it special attention.

In general, Dr. Wendy Chen recommends having your braces adjusted every four to six weeks, or as needed. It’s not unheard of for a spacer to come loose right before a scheduled adjustment session. If this happens, you should call Wendy Chen Orthodontics for advice. In most cases, we will recommend scheduling an earlier adjustment appointment.

Maintaining good oral hygiene throughout the alignment process helps minimize the total duration of time it takes to achieve your new smile. If you are struggling to clean in and around any part of your braces hardware, feel free to ask Dr. Wendy Chen for advice. In many cases, these hard-to-reach places can be thoroughly cleaned by using special oral hygiene tools.

If you have braces in Colleyville, Texas, and you’re due for your next adjustment session, you should call 817-581-4031 to schedule your next appointment at Wendy Chen Orthodontics.