Every case is different. A cross bite, over bite, or under bite that is extreme is obviously going to take longer to correct than a more mild case. Whether your orthodontic treatment lasts for six months or for a couple of years, one thing is certain … you will love the result!
When meeting with your orthodontist for the first time, you will have dental x-rays, photographs and dental impressions taken. An assessment will be done to determine exactly what is needed to correct your bite.
It is possible teeth may need to be extracted before embarking on orthodontic treatment. One of the major reasons for needed orthodontic care is due to a lack of jaw space to accommodate all your permanent teeth. If this occurs, teeth will be forced to go wherever there is room.
Following the instructions provided when starting orthodontic treatment are important to the outcome of the procedure.
If this happens, extracting teeth is the logical answer to providing more room for permanent teeth in the allotted jaw space. Once teeth are extracted, braces can be placed to gradually shift remaining teeth to their correct position to correct the bite.
Once braces have been placed, periodic visits to the orthodontist are needed every few weeks. At these visits, the wires are tweaked to keep the straightening process moving in the right direction.
It is important to remember that visits to the orthodontist are not a substitute for visiting your regular dental provider. Throughout orthodontic treatment, regular bi-annual visits to your dentist are needed to have teeth cleaned and an exam performed to monitor issues like dental decay and gum disease.
Once your orthodontist has determined that your malocclusion has been corrected, the dental braces are removed. But this is not the end of treatment.
You will be provided with a retainer to wear. A retainer is designed to hold teeth in place allowing the bones and teeth to “memorize” where they belong following treatment. Without the retainer, teeth could drift back to where they started.
Following the instructions provided when starting orthodontic treatment are important to the outcome of the procedure. In some ways, you may help control the length of time needed for treatment so adhere to the guidelines provided for the best result.