November 1, 2012 3:02 AM Subscribe
When you had braces, did your orthodontist want to replace your wires a week before taking your braces off? Or is this a ploy to prolong treatment?
posted by Sutekh to Health & Fitness (15 answers total)
To begin, my teeth were pretty straight already and the orthodontist originally told me I'd only need braces for 12 months. I took care of the braces, followed instructions and my teeth have responded well. However, it's since dragged on to 13, then 15, and we're now at 18 months but it keeps limping on.
So I put my foot down, and asked to have them removed. We set a date for this, and also to collect a retainer. I've also agreed to sign a waiver in case my teeth move in future. But now they've set up another appointment about a week earlier than that to have the arch wires replaced with new ones. The receptionist says that this is to make some 'final adjustments'.
What I want to know is, isn't it a bit silly to change the wires a week before removing the braces? Won't my teeth begin to move again? Will a week really be enough to make any significant adjustment? Is this normal? What's going on?