The process of your orthodontic treatment depends on your unique needs. The Coquitlam Family Orthodontics team will walk you step by step through your customized treatment plan.
Your first consultation with the Coquitlam Family Orthodontics team will include a thorough examination, and a discussion about your dental history and X-rays.
Based on the information we learn from this meeting, we'll be able to determine whether or not your condition requires braces. If it does, we can then determine what the most appropriate treatment for you is, and how long it will take.
The details of each phase of treatment will depend on variables suchs as the seriousness of your condition, and the type of treatment recommended (eg. Wire Braces vs. Invisalign®). Treatment duration is typically anywhere from 8 to 48 months.
Once your wire dental braces have been placed, regular adjustment appointments will be scheduled to fine-tune the elastic ties holding the wires in the correct position. Without these adjustments, the wires would cease to create sufficient pressure to correct the misalignment.
If you choose to go the Invisalign® route, a series of clear custom aligners will be created specifically for you. These are typically changed every two weeks, which serves the same purpose as adjustments do for wire braces.
Adjustment appointments also provide your orthodontist with the opportunity to determine whether the movement of your teeth and the progress being made is going according to plan. Based on her findings, she can make recommendations that may improve the final outcome of the treatment plan.
Tooth movement takes at least 3 weeks to occur. Adjustment appointments are therefore made approximately every three to ten weeks. However, since today's newer wires provide longer working ranges, adjustments may be scheduled less frequently.
While dental braces are in place, maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding certain types of food is very important. Depending on the type of treatment yo undergo, your orthodontist may also make additional suggestions. » Read More
Once your treatment is complete, your dental braces will be removed with a quick procedure. During this procedure, the bond between the brackets and your teeth will be gently broken.
When the bases of the brackets are squeezed, the adhesive bond
After all brackets are removed, what's left of the bonding cement will be removed as well. Your gums may become slightly inflamed as a result, but this typically subsides within a few days, with careful brushing and flossing.
After wire braces come off, your orthodontist will likely recommend a retainer. Retainers are necessary during the 'retention period' of orthodontic treatment after the braces have been removed, during which time the teeth are still relatively
Your retainer will be specially made to fit your mouth. Your orthodontist will recommend whether you should to wear it full or part time during the months after your braces have been removed.
At the next check up after your braces have been removed, our team will perform a thorough oral cleaning, to remove any left-over adhesive from your teeth and the area where the braces were.
Once your braces have been removed, you may want to consider having your teeth whitened, as you may notice a substantial difference in
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