Stages in Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment can be divided into three stages:
Orthodontic Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Once you have undergone an initial examination, and you are ready for treatment, we usually require a set of diagnostic records. These records will help determine the best course of treatment for you. Records include: diagnostic (digital) models of your teeth, intra-oral and extra-oral photos and x-rays of the jaw and teeth. We then measure and analyse these records to establish an individualised treatment plan for your treatment. We will then discuss the details of your treatment in depth with you (Treatment Discussion), using a great computer programme to explain to you in detail the exact nature of your orthodontic problem and how we propose to correct it. We will also explain your responsibilities during your orthodontic treatment – essential if you want the best possible smile in the shortest time. We encourage any questions you have with respect to your proposed treatment. We will also provide you with detailed financial information for the treatment.
Active Orthodontic Treatment
There are a variety of ways to treat specific orthodontic problems, depending on the problem itself. These range from simple treatment (often using “plates”) to more complex treatment, often involving fixed appliances such as braces, either placed on the outside of your teeth or on the inside of you teeth (Lingual or Invisible braces) or removable aligners. The fees for treatment thus depend on the complexity of your problem (which is often also related to the duration of treatment) and on the type of treatment you choose.
On completion of your active orthodontic treatment, we need to hold your teeth in their correct positions. We use removable (almost) invisible plates/retainers for this, which you must wear every night, at the start, to keep your teeth straight. Since the lower front teeth like to move the most, we often glue a retainer wire to the inside of your lower front teeth. Retention continues at least until we have checked your wisdom teeth.