Why Visits To Your Orthodontist Are Important

In this day and age where everyone is preoccupied and perhaps quite possibly obsessed with making a name for themselves, it’s easy to forget to book your appointment with Modern Family Dentists – Kenosha. With deadlines to beat, presentations to prepare for and unending meetings, the last thing on your mind is to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. Most orthodontic patients think that once their braces are in place, they are going to be okay. Well, they are mistaken because that’s now how it works.

As soon as your orthodontist secures your braces in your mouth you will be required to book several appointments with your orthodontist on specific intervals until your treatment is completed. This is necessary so that your orthodontist can adjust your braces to move your teeth in the direction they are supposed to go in order to achieve the right alignment and placement. The adjustment of your braces can only be done in the clinic, which means if you don’t show up, your teeth may move in the opposite direction and this will only create bigger problems for you in the long run.

Your orthodontist will understand that you’re busy but it doesn’t mean you’ll cancel your appointments because something came up. In order to ensure that your treatment will still follow the timeline set by your orthodontist you need to find a way to reschedule your appointment. Rescheduling is better than cancelling.

Why Do You Need Adjustments?

Your Teeth Need to Constantly Move

Every time you have your braces adjusted you will feel the pressure it will place on your mouth. This pressure is necessary to move your teeth. Over time, this pressure will slowly dwindle and if you can no longer feel it then it means your teeth are no longer moving. This only means one thing; you need to go back for another visit so that your orthodontist can add new pressure on your teeth to straighten your smile and correct your bite. Without these orthodontic adjustments you will not be able to see the changes in the alignment of your teeth. You can wear braces for N number of years but you will never be able to see your smile improve unless you frequent your orthodontist’s clinic.

Repair Wire and Brackets When They Get Damaged

Even if your orthodontist gives you specific instructions on the do’s and don’ts of wearing braces there are still people who break the rules. As a result, they end up with broken wires and loose brackets. If either of these happens to your braces it will not be able to function as it normally should and if you don’t go to your orthodontist repairs will not be made. This means that your teeth will stop moving and you won’t be able to see the difference in your smile. This also means that your treatment will be prolonged further.

To Expedite the Treatment Process

Another reason why the regular visit is necessary is to expedite the process. You see, your orthodontist has already created a timetable for you during your first few visits to the clinic. This timetable will give you an idea how long you’re supposed to wear the device and by the time the treatment is over your dental problems are already solved. Crooked teeth will be straightened, abnormal bite will be corrected and tooth gaps will be closed. Obviously, if you don’t see your dentist your treatment plan will be extended. So, for example, if your orthodontist told you that your treatment time would last for a year, if you don’t regularly visit your orthodontist, this can extend to a couple more years.

So, you see, these dental visits are not for your orthodontist’s benefit but really, they are for your benefit.

Dr. Michaelangelo Aust is the founder of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha, WI, a full service dental practice offering general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.