The staff here at Renick Orthodontics wants to make your new patient experience as easy as possible so we’ve compiled a step by step guideline for you!
This section will introduce you to the process of getting braces and how to manage them once you have them. You’ll learn about separators and records. You’ll get instructions on how to take care of your braces by cleaning them (proper oral hygiene) and avoiding the wrong foods.
One of the big questions new patients have is "how long?" Tips will be given to shorten your treatment time and avoid things that may extend your treatment time.
Other questions not covered here may be addressed in the FAQs section if you don’t find them here.
YOUR LIFE WITH BRACES
BRACES - THE STORY
How you treat your bands and brackets is a good indicator of how your time in braces will go. We provide an estimate of treatment time for you at the beginning of treatment. However, treatment time depends on many things, first and foremost is that everybody’s biology is unique and growth and development happens at different rates. Some treatments require more time such as impacted canines or extraction treatments. Most important, orthodontic treatment is a cooperative effort and a good part of the treatment depends on the patient.
The following is a list of things that may make your treatment time longer:
Broken or cancelled appointments: The basis of the estimated time is assuming that we can keep on a schedule of wire changes and adjustments. For this reason, it is important to keep your appointed schedules.
Broken brackets or bands:Occasionally, a band or bracket may come loose. In the initial stages of treatment, while we are still in light wires, this is not so much of an issue. However, later in treatment, when we are in heavier wires, we may need to step back a wire size to pick up a new bracket. This will delay treatment.
Poor oral hygiene: Hygiene is very important and is stressed continually to a patient while in treatment. If hygiene does not improve, we will occasionally take a wire out for a visit until the brushing is under control. In more extreme cases, we will take off the brackets. Sometimes the brackets are removed if there is decay in order for the general dentist to have access to repair a cavity.
Poor cooperation: Most treatments require accessories to move teeth. These accessories include elastics (rubber bands), headgear, or functional appliances. These are under the control of the patient. If the accessory is not worn, the teeth won’t move, and the patient extends their treatment time. Partial wear of elastics is the same as not wearing them at all. They must be worn full time in order to get permanent movement.
The following is a list of things that may make your treatment time shorter:
Good cooperation: The better the accessories (rubber bands, headgear, functional appliances) are worn, the more the teeth move, and the quicker treatment is completed. Furthermore, good oral hygiene and taking care of your braces can prevent situations that will delay the end of treatment.
Keeping scheduled appointments keeps us on your treatment schedule.