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Braces are commonly used to align teeth, deal with overcrowding issues and address an under or overbite problem. Regardless of the issue, all braces still work on the same basic principle. Through the course of time and gradual adjustments, the braces stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor the teeth in the sockets. Each adjustment moves your teeth one small step closer to their ideal alignment.

The stretching applied to the periodontal ligaments is progressive. Timely and consistent adjustment sessions are critical for keeping the treatment time to a minimum. Adjustment sessions are also good times to replace spacers, bands or other pieces of hardware that have suffered from a little wear and tear.

Your orthodontist, Dr. Steven Alexander, understands that the wires, brackets and other pieces of orthodontic hardware can often create hard-to-clean areas in the mouth. So, the appointments are also good times to ask questions about how to most effectively maintain good oral health. Dr. Steven Alexander can recommend new oral hygiene tools and techniques you might want to try.

If you have questions or concerns about a trouble spot on your braces in Queensbury, New York, or if you are due for your next adjustment session, you should call Bartlett & Alexander Orthodontics at 518-793-8511 to set up your next appointment.