Orthodontic Appointment Frequency
How often will I have to see the orthodontist while I’m in treatment?
While orthodontics has evolved greatly over the last several decades into a reliable, standardized practice, each patient’s orthodontic treatment plan is customized to his or her unique orthodontic needs. Every smile is different, and yours requires individualized treatment to perfect. Your experience with braces, invisible aligners, or other types of orthodontic devices should be tailored to you.
Orthodontic treatment can last anywhere from a few months to several years. The average length of treatment is between 12 and 36 months, but this varies with every patient. All treatment begins with one or two initial consultations with an orthodontist, during which the orthodontist will take x-rays and photographs of your teeth, discuss your treatment options, and provide a detailed plan—including the estimated time, cost, and appointment schedule—of your treatment.
Before you start treatment, be sure to visit an orthodontist certified by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). These professionals specialize in orthodontic treatment and have the skill and experience you need for a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
How often you visit your orthodontist depends on a host of factors, such as the type of treatment you have been recommended.
Other Contributing Factors
The longer you are in treatment, the more visits you will have to the orthodontist, the duration of your treatment itself depends on several things as well. These include:
Keep Your Appointments
Keeping your scheduled appointments is also paramount to completing your treatment on time. Your individualized treatment plan is developed according to the amount of time necessary to address your orthodontic needs with care and precision. Delays in adjustments can affect progress and may even result in undesirable movement that needs correction.
You will continue to see your orthodontist even after your treatment is over and the braces are off. Your orthodontist will likely recommend a retainer—either permanent or removable—to help maintain the results of your treatment and make sure your teeth don’t move back. If you have a removable retainer—a clear plastic tray molded to your teeth—a follow-up appointment in one to two months will determine if any changes need to be made to your wear schedule. Permanent retainers are usually a small wire bonded to the back of the teeth to prevent movement. Further visits for a permanent retainer will only be necessary if it comes loose, needs repair, or if your orthodontist determines you no longer need it.
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Dental Depot makes caring for your family’s oral health easy and convenient. With a dedicated AAO-certified orthodontist at every orthodontic location, Dental Depot can provide exceptional continuity and quality of care from routine cleanings to orthodontic treatment and everything in between. Visit our website at dentaldepot.net/orthodontics to find the location nearest you and schedule a free consultation to discuss your orthodontic treatment options.
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