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Alignment issues and overcrowded teeth as well as over or under bite issues are common reasons why Dr. Brett Gluck might recommend having braces installed on your teeth. Simply having the braces installed in your mouth is only the first step in the realignment process. On the average, you will need to have your braces adjusted every four to six weeks.

Each adjustment session minutely stretches the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth, one small step closer to their ideal alignment. Timely and consistent adjustment sessions are a critical and continuing part of the realignment process. The stretching applied to your periodontal ligaments is progressive. If you miss an adjustment appointment, it could potentially increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.

While the primary focus of the adjustment session is to stretch the periodontal ligaments, it is also an opportunity to replace spacers, bands or any other piece of hardware that is bent, damaged or worn out. Be sure to point out any problem areas, you’ve noticed, so Dr. Brett Gluck can address the problem. It’s also a good time to ask any questions you have about how best to include your braces in your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you are overdue for an adjustment appointment or you would like to schedule your next one in advance, please feel free to call Dr. Brett Gluck at 770-664-6003 to schedule an adjustment.