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What Does Tightening Braces Do?

The process of tightening braces plays a crucial role in shifting your teeth into the desired position and achieving a straighter smile. Our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics are here to explain how braces are tightened, how long it takes and how you can relieve any discomfort associated with the tightening process.

Why Is Tightening Braces So Important?

Braces can become loose due to the natural shifting of teeth during the orthodontic treatment process. This is why orthodontists need to periodically tighten them – to ensure that the teeth continue to move in the desired direction for proper alignment. Failure to tighten braces regularly can result in prolonged braces treatment time and potentially compromised results.

How Do Orthodontists Tighten Braces?

Orthodontists tighten braces by adjusting the wires and elastics to apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position. This process is typically done during regular appointments, every couple of months or so, to ensure treatment progress and to make the necessary adjustments for optimal results. However, the frequency of tightening may vary depending on each individual's treatment plan and progress. To ensure optimal progress in your treatment, following your orthodontist's recommended schedule for regular tightening appointments is important.

Does Getting Your Braces Tightened Hurt?

Getting your braces tightened can cause some discomfort or soreness for a few days afterwards. This is because braces apply pressure to your teeth to move them into their new positions. Changing the locations of the teeth can also affect blood flow and may cause an inflammatory reaction.

For relief after braces are tightened, you can try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water to reduce inflammation and discomfort. Additionally, eating soft foods and avoiding hard or sticky foods can help minimize pressure on your teeth and gums. You can also try over-the-counter medications for relief. However, it's important to consult with your orthodontist before taking any medication to ensure it won't interfere with your treatment. Remember to follow their advice and recommendations for the best results in managing discomfort from the braces.

If you're experiencing discomfort, you can always contact your orthodontist for further guidance and/or potential adjustments to your treatment plan.

How Long Can You Go Without Tightening Your Braces?

There is no direct answer to this question, but we will say that it is very important to follow your orthodontist's instructions on how often to have your braces tightened. This will vary depending on your individual treatment plan.

How Much Does It Cost to Tighten Braces?

Having your braces tightened at Village Orthodontics is a standard part of your overall treatment plan towards a straighter and healthier and  beautiful smile. The cost of treatment is discussed during your complimentary consultation prior to beginning your treatment journey. Contact one of our 7 Ontario locations to book your complimentary consultation and orthodontic care.

To ensure the best results and minimize discomfort, it is crucial to adhere to your orthodontist's recommended tightening schedule. Contact one of our orthodontists at Village Orthodontics today with any of your braces-related questions. 

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