It is understandable for most of the people, the potential length of orthodontic treatment to be a little concerning.
How do teeth move inside the bone?
You and your orthodontic treatment
You have the power to affect your treatment time.
Here are some things that could sabotage your own treatment time.
- Missing, changing, or spreading out your appointments
- Arriving late to appointments so your doctor does not have sufficient time to perform all planned procedures.
- Not getting other necessary procedures done in a timely manner (surgeries, extractions, restorative, etc.)
- Breaking or bending your wires or brackets between visits. Eating hard foods on the no-no list which damage the braces and adds time to your treatment. If the wires are bent, the teeth won’t move. Having to constantly replace damaged braces adds months and sometime years to treatment.
- Not following instructions regarding rubber bands, aligners. These simple devices are what produce the force to move the teeth and change the facial features. It is what makes the teeth move. If you wear them, something is going to move. If you only wear them the day you come to the office, then nothing will happen except you are going to be wearing braces a lot longer than necessary.
- Not keeping your teeth and gums healthy due to lack of good oral hygiene will slow down treatment. Poor oral hygiene slows down the movement of the teeth due to infection. Plus, the swollen gum tissue hinders our ability to work on you.