Braces are a great way to get your child the straight, healthy smile they need for a lifetime of excellent oral health. If your child is a candidate for braces, read here how your Pembroke Pines dentist will go about his or her orthodontic treatment.
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Initial Exam – During the initial exam, your orthodontist will also explain the treatment plan at length and record your child’s medical and dental history. Financial arrangements will be discussed at this time, as well.
Braces Prep – Your orthodontist will take a 3-D scan and photos for your child’s diagnostic records. Later, separators will be fitted to make room for the bands on braces. These separators are typically placed approximately one week before braces.
Braces Fitting – After diagnostics and prep, bands and brackets will be placed and the accompanying wires will be attached.
Checkups – You can expect your orthodontist to perform checkups on the progress of your child’s orthodontic treatment every 6-8 weeks. During these checkups, adjustments can be made to the appliance and/or wires. Elastic bands will also be placed when needed.
Braces Removal – The treatment time for your child’s orthodontics depends on the severity of the issue. For early treatment, the average treatment time is about 12 months. Issues detected further along in adolescence may constitute a treatment time of anywhere from 18-24 months. After braces are removed, retainers can be placed on the same day in most cases.
Retainer Checks – After the removal of your child’s braces, his or her retainers will need periodic checks. Adjustments may need to be made to retainers in order to keep them comfortable and efficient for post-orthodontic treatment.
Need a Pembroke Pines Dentist for Your Child’s Orthodontic Treatment?
Jacaranda Smiles is a highly-skilled dental practice that has extensive experience with providing orthodontics. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for you or your child!