About Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of your teeth, which can have a profound effect on the way your teeth look and your facial appearance for the rest of your life.
There are different types of appliances used by your Orthodontist to treat your teeth. These may be removable or fixed appliances and both of these types may be used in your treatment.
Regular adjustments will be required and visits are approximately once every 6 weeks. Active orthodontic treatment takes time and appliances may be worn for up to 2-3 years. After active treatment, patients usually wear removable retainers fulltime for 4-6 months and night-time only thereafter. Orthodontic treatment requires considerable commitment from yourself and your family.
Please attend punctually. If you are unable to attend your appointment, please contact the department before the appointment date so that a new one can be made. If there is no contact from you on two or more occasions then treatment may be terminated. Failure to keep regular appointments may severely delay the completion of your treatment and place the health of your teeth and gums at risk. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Appointments and School
The Orthodontic Department appointment system runs from 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can only be offered between these times and once treatment commences, 6 weekly appointments will usually be required. Parents, pupils and teachers may object to you missing school time, but unfortunately, it is impossible to schedule appointments outside school hours. Appointments are planned well in advance so that provision can be made for absence. Limiting appointments to holiday periods only is not possible.
Orthodontics and Dental Care
It is vital that you continue to visit your own dentist for regular check-ups throughout your orthodontic treatment. Keeping your teeth and appliance clean is important to prevent damage to your teeth and gums. Patients with poor levels of oral hygiene will not be accepted for treatment. The teeth, gums and appliance should be cleaned thoroughly to remove all food and plaque using a toothbrush twice a day. The daily use of an inter-dental brush and fluoride mouth rinse will be necessary for patients wearing fixed appliances.
Diet is an important aspect of appliance care. The amount of sugar you eat should be kept to a minimum. In particular sticky toffees, caramel and chewing gum should be avoided. Fizzy drinks are very damaging to the enamel and should be kept to a minimum.
The success of the treatment depends upon your co-operation and enthusiasm. Please consider the above points, as you have a very important role in determining the success of your treatment, as well as how long it takes. If you have difficulty or pain wearing your brace, an urgent appointment can be made for you by telephoning 01784 884650.