When your children are in the middle of their orthodontic treatment here at Bradley L. Dyer DDS PC in Sevierville, Tennessee, it’s absolutely critical that they never miss an adjustment appointment. Without these regular appointments, your child will spend a longer time wearing braces because they’re teeth won’t be moved into position as quickly as they otherwise could have been.
With that in mind, let’s take a deeper look at exactly why you can’t let your kids miss their adjustment appointments.
Every four to six weeks your child will need a routine adjustment in order to stretch and adjust their periodontal ligaments one step closer to their final alignment. The number of adjustment sessions will vary depending on the alignment goals.
The stretching applied to the periodontal ligaments is progressive. Timely and consistent adjustment sessions are a critical and continuing part of the realignment process. If your child misses an adjustment session it could potentially increase the amount of time they need to wear braces.
The adjustment appointment is also a good opportunity to replace spacers, bands or any other piece of hardware that might have been bent, damaged or worn out. This is also a good time to address any oral hygiene questions they have. Many children and teens struggle to effectively clean their teeth and braces from brushing alone.
If you’re not sure when your next adjustment appointment is, call us today at 865-453-2731 and we’ll help you out.