November 20, 2019
This is a great question and one that can have several reasons depending on the case, the patient and most importantly, compliance.
We try to inform our patients as best as possible before we start treatment ways they can be helpful if they would like to get their braces off in the estimated treatment time. But keep in mind, treatment times are just that, the Dr’s best estimate. The completion date is usually very close to the time frame given as long as their is complete compliance on the patients end.
Compliance with traditional metal braces includes staying away from the “do not eat” foods that are too hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy. Things such as popcorn, pretzels, skittles, taffy just to give a few examples, are things that need to be avoided. Most often, eating those things will result in a loose bracket, broken wire, or breaking appliances. The other big factor to stay the course is wearing elastics when the Dr prescribes. We can get the alignment dialed in but to get the best results with the best functionality in bite requires compliance to wear the elastics 20-22 hours a day (it sounds like a lot but trust us, once you get in a routine it becomes second nature.)
When talking about compliance with Invisalign, it’s pretty simple-the aligner trays need to be worn at least 20-22 hours a day as well or nothing will be moving and changing regarding alignment and if we are correcting the bite also, then elastics will be used to accomplish those goals.
Lastly, it’s very imperative that as a patient, you do your best to show up to all appointments. We understand that things come up but you wouldn’t want to say, miss an appointment and then not reschedule for several weeks, that can definitely be a set back in patient care.
We hope these have answered any questions that come up in regards to treatment time. To summarize, braces and Invisalign are a commitment and investment. We love serving our patients to get the absolute best results possible.
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