Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning
If it is determined that treatment is needed and you would like to proceed, you will be scheduled for diagnostic records. These records consist of impressions of the teeth for plaster study models, a bite registration, photographs of both face and teeth and orthodontic x-rays. Orthodontic records allow Dr. Kuppers to determine the most appropriate course of treatment for each patient.
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 8 to 10 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously and practice good oral hygiene.
Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new tooth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and must not be neglected!
Length of Treatment
Braces may be on between 10 months to 36 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient's cooperation and the degree of movement possible.
Before any orthodontic treatment begins, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.
In addition, your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth that Dr. Kuppers prescribed to correct your bite. Your family dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity checkup visits during your orthodontic care. We would like to reinforce the need to keep your regular visits with your family dentist because we are only an aid to your family dentist and not a replacement.