The First Consultation For Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment is done to correct the mal-aliened teeth. Orthodontic treatment lasts for several months depending on severity of the problem. Orthodontic treatment includes visits such as consultation, record collection, treatment planning and retention.
In consultation patient will be examined clinically by our expert dentist, Dr. Rashmi Jasani. This enables her to give advice on the treatment options available, when treatment should commence, the duration of treatment, and the approximate cost. If you decide to proceed with treatment, an appointment is made to collect records.
Records allow the orthodontist to analyse each case accurately. They are also used to record the existing malocclusion for future reference.
At this visit we discuss the treatment plan, which have been formulated using information obtained from the first consultation and records. Then, arrangements are made to commence treatment or, if it is too early, to review the patient periodically until it is an appropriate time to commence treatment.
Sometimes it is necessary to remove teeth to gain sufficient space to align the remaining teeth. Any decayed teeth should be filled and the teeth sometimes need to be cleaned before orthodontic treatment is started. The patient is referred back to the family dentist to have these preliminary procedures carried out. The cost of these procedures is not included in the orthodontic fee.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
Orthodontic treatment usually takes 18- 24 months. Some cases may be finished earlier and others may take longer to complete. The total treatment time depends on the severity of the original malocclusion, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient. Orthodontic patients should continue to attend their family dentist for regular check-ups during the course of orthodontic treatment.
At the completion of the active part of orthodontic treatment, the braces are removed and retaining appliances (retainers) are fitted to hold the teeth steady in their new position. These appliances may be removable plates or wires fitted behind the teeth.
Retainers play an important role in orthodontic treatment for, if they are not worn according to instructions, the teeth may move back towards their original position.