Orthodontic care is often required to correct such issues as overbite, underbite, open bite, crossbite, spacing, misplaced midline, and crowding of teeth. Orthodontic care can often be broken down into 5 stages:
1. Consultation Stage
The initial appointment can last for about 20 minutes to one hour, depending on your case. During the consultation, impressions of your upper and lower teeth will be taken and evaluation of your occlusion or bite will be done. Your orthodontist will then discuss solutions, alternatives, risks, and limitations before making a custom treatment plan to fit your needs. Additionally, fees and insurance benefits will also be tackled during this stage.
2. Bonding Stage
This is the stage when you are fitted with braces. This is a very intricate process where the brackets are placed on your teeth. After brackets are placed and the wire is fitted, the patient will have the freedom to choose color elastics. For patients who are candidates for clear aligners, attachments are placed on the teeth and aligners are fitted to make sure they are perfect. Oral hygiene and proper care will be discussed no matter the type of treatment and we will send you home with all the instructions and tools you need to make your smile stellar!
3. Regular Adjustments Stage
This stage consists of routine appointments typically every 6-8 weeks that enable your orthodontist to monitor progress and make adjustments. Braces are adjusted, colored elastics are changed, clear aligners are checked for accuracy, and progress is recorded.
4. Debonding Stage
After all the hard work, this is the stage where braces are removed or the last round of aligners are finished. Brackets are removed, the teeth are polished and final photographs are taken. An impression is also taken for the final removable
5. Retainer Stage
After the initial delivery of the retainers, an appointment will be set for further progress monitoring. Tightening and adjustments can be performed in this final stage to ensure your retainer is a perfect fit.
Are you ready to start your journey to straight teeth? Contact our office in Reno, NV and a member of our friendly staff will help you schedule a consultation.