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The braces installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Steven Alexander, represent a serious investment in realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. They do this by applying progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments anchoring the teeth in their sockets. Over the course of time, your teeth will adapt to their new positions and a new adjustment will be required.

During the adjustment session, Dr. Steven Alexander will manipulate the brackets and wires to apply a modest amount of tension to the periodontal ligaments.

Your adjustment session will also include an inspection of the braces hardware and teeth. Spacers, bands, or any other piece of hardware that shows excess wear and tear might need to 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. Steven Alexander 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 from brushing and flossing alone, you might want to ask Dr. Steven Alexander for tips. In some cases, he might recommend using some special oral hygiene tools to help maintain good oral hygiene.

If you have braces in Queensbury, New York, and you’re due for your next adjustment session, you should call 518-793-8511 to schedule an appointment at Bartlett & Alexander Orthodontics.