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Many people contact Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C. to have overcrowding, alignment or other orthodontic issues addressed with braces. While there are different cosmetic variations, all braces work on a basic set of principles. You see, your teeth are anchored in their sockets by strong periodontal ligaments. The progressive tension applied by your braces gradually repositions them into their ideal alignment.

In general, you can expect to have an adjustment appointment every four to six weeks. During this session, your orthodontist, Dr. Scott Werner, will manipulate the brackets and wires to apply a modest amount of tension to the periodontal ligaments.

Each adjustment appointment will involve an inspection of the braces hardware. Spacers, bands brackets, or wires that have suffered some wear and tear will be replaced. It’s not uncommon for a spacer to come loose right before a scheduled adjustment session. If this happens, you should let Dr. Scott Werner know so he can plan to replace it. This often involves setting up an earlier adjustment appointment.

If you’re struggling to clean your teeth and braces with brushing and flossing alone, you should ask Dr. Scott Werner any oral hygiene questions you might have.

If you have braces in Memphis, Tennessee, and you’re due for your next adjustment session, you should call 901-767-5415 to schedule an appointment at Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C..