Are you contemplating fixed braces for your crooked or misaligned smile? Here’s what you can expect from your orthodontic care broken down into 5 stages:
Stage 1 – Consultation
Your initial consultation will likely take up to one hour, depending on your questions and the complexity of treatment you are interested in. During your consultation, your orthodontist will take impressions of your upper and lower teeth to get a clear overview of your teeth and what you would like to change. Taking into consideration your requirements and what your impressions show, your orthodontist will discuss recommended solutions, any associated risks and limitations before creating a custom treatment plan for you. Your orthodontist will discuss the overall cost of your treatment and if they offer any payment plans.
Stage 2 – Application
Once you have agreed to a treatment plan and impressions have been made of your teeth, your orthodontist will fix your braces to your teeth. If you have opted for fixed braces, your orthodontist will fit the brackets and wires at this stage, whereas for Invisalign patients you will have attachments placed on your teeth to attach the aligners to. Whilst your braces are being fitted, your orthodontist will discuss the importance of oral hygiene and the best way to take care of your teeth with your braces.
Stage 3 – Adjustments
Every 6-8 weeks you will need to attend routine appointments with your orthodontist so that adjustments can be made and your progress can be monitored. Your orthodontist will need to tighten your fixed braces over the course of your treatment to ensure all your teeth move into the correct position and don’t get used to the pressure, preventing further movement. Your progress will be recorded and then you will see your orthodontist again at your next appointment in a further 2 months.
Stage 4 – Removal
Once your teeth reach the desired position, it’s time to remove your fixed braces. Your orthodontist will remove the brackets and polish your teeth for the perfect finish. An impression will be made of the finished result for a removable retainer going forward.
Stage 5 – Retainer
Your last visit at the orthodontist will be to try on your retainer and make any adjustments needed. Depending on what your orthodontist recommends, you will have to wear your retainer day or night to maintain the position of your teeth as teeth are constantly shifting – especially once the pressure they are used to experiencing has been removed.
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