How often should I visit my orthodontist? This is a question we frequently get asked by our patients. The answer really depends on your unique circumstances, including the type of treatment you’ve decided on, what stage of the treatment you’re in, and your smile goals.
In this article, we’ll unpack this question in a little more detail, giving you a better understanding of what you can expect before, during, and after your orthodontic treatment.
Visiting the orthodontist for the first time
Typically, the first visit to the orthodontist should happen around the age of eight or nine. At this age, the adult teeth have not yet fully grown, and the jaw is still expanding. This gives your orthodontist plenty of time to undergo early intervention if necessary.
Most children do not require treatment at this age, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. If they do require treatment, your orthodontist will let you know how often you’ll need to visit during and after treatment.
How often to see the orthodontist with braces or Invisalign
If you have decided on either traditional braces or Invisalign, regular trips to the orthodontist are essential.
With traditional braces, you will most likely need to see the orthodontist every four to eight weeks. During your appointment, your orthodontist will determine if your teeth are progressing correctly. They may tighten the braces, replace wires, or make other adjustments.
If you’ve decided on Invisalign, you will need to see the orthodontist every four to six weeks. Again, they will check that your smile is on track and also fit you with new aligners.
What to expect when you visit the orthodontist for an adjustment
If your orthodontist decides that you’re ready for an adjustment, they may tighten your braces or give you your next Invisalign mouthpiece.
After the adjustment has been made, you may experience a slight pressure or a more snug sensation. This is totally normal, as it’s this pressure that helps your teeth gradually move into the desired position. Any discomfort will subside within a couple of hours to a couple of days.
How often to see the orthodontist during other treatments
Not all orthodontic treatments involve traditional braces or Invisalign. Some require specialist headgear, expanders, and other technologies designed to tackle various teeth, jaw, and bite issues.
During these types of treatments, your orthodontist will want to see you on a regular basis – generally every four to eight weeks. At these appointments, the orthodontist will check your progress and make any changes or adjustments needed.
How often to see the orthodontist after your treatment
The hardest part is behind you, and you’re now enjoying a straight, radiant smile. You will, however, need to continue visiting your orthodontist.
During your follow-up appointment – which usually takes place a month or two after your treatment has ended – your orthodontist will check to see if your teeth have shifted out of their optimal position.
If you were given a retainer to wear all day, your orthodontist might give you the go-ahead for night-time-only wear. Or, if you had a permanent retainer installed, your orthodontist may make additional adjustments, repair any damage or loose parts, or remove it altogether.
Always keep your orthodontic appointments
Your orthodontist recommends a regular appointment schedule for a reason – to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of having while keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Failing to attend your regular appointments could affect your treatment results.
Your orthodontist is prepared to do whatever it takes to give you the stunning smile you deserve. But, ultimately, it’s up to you to follow through, put in the care and effort, and attend all of your appointments. We guarantee the results will be worth all of your hard work and commitment.
Invest in the smile of your dreams
We believe that everyone deserves to feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. And that’s why our dedicated team of experienced professionals are ready to go above and beyond to transform your smile.
If you are ready to invest in your teeth, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. We’d be happy to organise your first appointment, so you can determine which orthodontic treatment is right for your unique needs and desires.
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