Staying on track

Our patients dislike the thought of delaying their treatment and often ask us what they can do in between their adjustment visits to help. Dr. Varghese and our team thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay ON TRACK OR AHEAD of your scheduled treatment time.

The first thing is to keep your adjustment appointments! Each visit with Dr. Varghese is carefully planned to move your teeth in a specific way and in a certain time frame. It’s important to note that missing an appointment can add weeks or months to your treatment time.

Next, we want you to let our team know right away if you experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A missing wire, rubber band, or broken bracket can delay treatment, so we ask that you please call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit.

Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed by Dr. Varghese! Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. Not wearing the bands or elastics, or not wearing them enough, can slow down treatment time. Rubber bands are critical in aligning your bite and are important for correcting the way you bite.  Patients must follow instructions carefully so that teeth can be moved properly and on schedule.

Finally, we want you to maintain optimal oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing will allow sugar to wear away the cement on the braces, making them less effective in moving your teeth, as well as elevating your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which will inevitably delay treatment time.

Successful orthodontic treatment is a partnership between Dr. Varghese and each individual patient of ours.  The success of treatment depends upon the severity of the problem, the patient’s growth, and the level of patient cooperation.  More severe problems take longer and require more patient cooperation.  At Varghese Orthodontics, our estimated times of treatments usually coincide with actual treatment times, but treatment may be lengthened if growth is different than expected or if patient cooperation is less than needed. The amount of time spent with Dr. Varghese is a very small fraction of the treatment time. Most movement of teeth takes place continuously during normal daily activities.

At any time during treatment, please do not hesitate to contact our office as our team is more than willing to assist with any questions, or call to make an appointment to speak with Dr. Varghese regarding treatment at any time. Our goal each and every day is to provide the BEST ORTHODONTIC CARE POSSIBLE FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR PATIENTS!

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