Follow-up visits are essential for anybody with braces. This is so that adjustments to wires can be made, bands that are worn out can be replaced and checks are made to ensure that the progress of your teeth is as expected and that the teeth are moving in the direction that is required.
Generally a patient will need to see their orthodontist every 6-8 weeks for follow up visits.
What Is Done At A Follow-Up Visit
Your orthodontist will change the bands that are attached to the brackets and he may replace the wire. This whole procedure is quite a quick process and will take between 30 minutes to an hour.
Some people may worry that there may be a lot of pain involved in these follow-up visits. Generally, there is some soreness which can last from a couple of hours up to a couple of days. This may happen after each adjustment. The slight pain or soreness should not last longer than 5 days but if it does, please call the office so that we can make sure everything is normal.
At these follow-ups the wires may be replaced with a stronger archwire. This is done to move the teeth and roots to a stable position. Returning to a softer food diet for a day or so after this visit will help with pain.
Follow-up visits are a good opportunity to discuss with the orthodontist any concerns you may have. It will also enable the orthodontist to ensure that oral hygiene practices are being followed correctly. Our office strives to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a good result!
These visits must not be missed. They are imperative to ensuring the best results in the minimal possible time. It is best to remember that is not only the teeth that are moving but quite often entire facial structure so having regular visits with the orthodontist is essential.