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Braces are used to address a wide range of issues, including overcrowding, alignment and overbite issues. Regardless of the specific alignment issue or design, all braces work on the same general principle.

After being installed your braces will need routine adjustments in order to stretch and adjust the periodontal ligaments a small degree closer toward their new alignment. The number of adjustment sessions will vary depending on the degree of misalignment in your teeth.

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 you miss an adjustment session, it could potentially increase the amount of time you need to have 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 otherwise worn out.

This is also a good time to ask your orthodontist about any oral hygiene corners. If you’ve been having a hard time cleaning certain hard to reach places, your orthodontist might recommend special tools like a floss threader or interdental brushes.

If you are due for your next adjustment session please call Robert W Marder DMD, PLLC’s office in New City, New York at 212-265-8291 to schedule an appointment.