We try to accomplish treatment goals within as short a time as the nature of the orthodontic problem and the patient's cooperation allows. Carefully following instructions allows a patient to minimize time wearing braces and achieve the best results possible.
Oral hygiene: Proper brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing are of critical importance. We will demonstrate the proper cleaning techniques for supporting gum tissues. Keeping the mouth healthy during treatment is vitallyimportant and we will check your hygiene at each visit. Regular dental check-upswith your family dentist and the daily use of fluoride rinsewill help the maintenance of good oral health. It is necessary to continue with regular dental cleanings and check-ups while in orthodontic treatment.
Dental care: Orthodontic treatment does not include general dental care such as x-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions or any other dental services performed outside this office. Treatment by other specialists, such as an oral surgeon or periodontist may be necessary before, during, or after the orthodontic treatment.
Headgear and rubber bands: The need for either of these varies between patients. If you are asked to wear either headgear or elastics,they must be worn exactly as directed to achieve the expected treatment result.Failure to wear them as directed will prolong treatment time and, in many cases,make our treatment goals impossible to achieve.