The anticipation of having your braces off is very exciting. Our orthodontist develops an orthodontic treatment plan based on your condition of your teeth and treatment selected. If the given estimated treatment time is longer than advised, then you'll be wondering what is going on.
Here are reasons why:
1. Appointment Visits
Your orthodontist book regular appointments to check the progress and make changes to your treatment. Most of the orthodontic appliances require adjustments. So if you missed your appointment or reschedule regularly, you'll prolong the progress of your treatment.
2. Poor Oral Hygiene
Healthy teeth and gums will make your treatment more successful. Foods are easily trapped in the orthodontic appliance causing plaque build-up on teeth and will lead gums to swell up. So it's important to take greater care of your teeth especially during orthodontic treatment. Be sure to brush and floss several times a day and after meals.
3. Treatment Problems
Breaking your orthodontic appliance such as broken wires and brackets will delay the treatment process. Be sure not to leave it too long and contact our clinic to get your orthodontic appliance repaired. Forgetting to wear your aligners with treatments that utilise it (Invisalign), over a long period of time will cause your teeth to shift. Removable aligners are convenient, such as sports or playing music but forgetting to put them back on will have a reversal effect on your treatment.
On your appointment visits, your orthodontist will let you know how your treatment is progressing and how close you are in getting them removed. Be assured that Dr Chin is passionate with orthodontics and wants your treatment to be successful so you can have the perfect smile.