Overcrowding, general alignment problems and over or under bite issues are common reasons why Dr. Jerrold Hennes will recommend braces for your son or daughter. It’s important to keep in mind that installing the braces is only the first step of the realignment process.
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 your child is due for their next adjustment session, you should all Dr. Jerrold Hennes’s office in Vista, California at (760) 598.1707 to set up their next appointment.