After your initial consultation and application appointments are over, the real work begins. You’re now fully on your way, and through the expertise and guidance from your orthodontist, combined with your willingness to stick to the rules and listen to your orthodontist, you’ll be flashing a spectacular smile in no time. After your braces are put on or your first tray of Invisalign is in place? You may be wondering, “How often do I have to see the orthodontist during treatment?” Well, the answer varies from person to person and depends on the treatment type, but here are the basics.
Braces work by gradually moving the teeth, and this happens through adjustments to the wires on your braces. At your follow-up appointments, your orthodontist will:
- Evaluate your progress
- Remove your elastics
- Adjust or replace your wire
- Replace your elastics (this is the fun part, where you get to select a new color combo)
- Give helpful advice and answer any questions you may have
All in all, your follow-up appointments should take about half an hour and you’ll be on your way. The amount of time between appointments will vary, based on the severity of your orthodontic issue, but typically you can expect to see your orthodontist every eight to ten weeks.
If you’re an Invisalign patient, you’ll need to attend follow-up appointments with your orthodontist to see how your treatment is progressing, just like patients with braces. Invisalign consists of clear, plastic aligners that must be changed out to correct your orthodontic issues. Typically, you’ll need to change to a new set of aligners every one to two weeks.
As you progress to a new set of aligners, these aligners will gradually move your teeth into their proper places. It’s imperative to keep up with your aligners to ensure you’re on the right path to success. Your orthodontist will keep you on track, and will want to see you about every eight to twelve weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing properly.
The Importance of Follow-Up
Keeping up with your schedule to see the orthodontist is crucial to the outcome of your treatment. If you are skipping appointments, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment, and you may add extra time to your treatment in doing this, so it’s best to attend your scheduled appointments. As with any type of treatment, this can vary with each orthodontist and each individual, as some issues may require some extra attention. It’s important to speak with your orthodontist and develop a plan that is going to work for you before delving into treatment.
Your orthodontist understands that sometimes things happen, and you may need to reschedule an appointment here and there, but don’t let too much time lapse between appointments. Being sure to see your orthodontist regularly during treatment is imperative to your success. Stick to your orthodontist’s instructions and the smile you’ve always wanted will be within reach in no time.
Get in touch with the team at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists! We’ll help you find the right treatment plan. Call (843) 4-BRACES to learn more.