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Adolescence is a time of great physical change in the human body. One of these changes involves all of your child’s 20 baby teeth being replaced by their 32 permanent teeth. When this happens the changes in the shape of your child’s mouth, as well as any teeth that required extraction in childhood, can cause some of their teeth to fall into a compromised alignment.

Overbite or under-bite where their upper or lower jaw is larger or is positioned further out from the other, can also be improved by wearing braces.

How far your child’s teeth are out of alignment or how much of an over or under-bite they might have, will greatly influence just how long they will need to wear braces.

Each adjustment session is designed to slightly stretch the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth. This gradually moves them closer to their ideal alignment. Consistent adjustments are an essential part of the realignment process. If you miss an adjustment appointment, it could potentially increase the amount of time you need to wear braces.

Each adjustment session is also an opportunity to replace spacers, bands or any other piece of hardware that is bent, damaged or loose. Make sure to point out any problem areas, you’ve noticed, so we can address the problem.

If you are overdue for an adjustment session, please call Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics at 718-278-2441 to schedule an appointment.