There are several phases of your orthodontic treatment. When you visit Dr. Bradley Bath for your orthodontic consultation, he will discuss your treatment and the predicted timeline for completion with you. To learn more about orthodontic treatment phases, and to make your appointment with our dentist in Evansville, Indiana, please call our office at 812-476-6064.
Orthodontic treatment usually takes between 6-30 months to complete, and occurs in 3 major stages. Each phase plays an important role in your orthodontic treatment and in the progress of your teeth and smile.
During the first stage of treatment, sometimes called the Planning Phase,the orthodontist will make a precise diagnosis of your teeth and jaw, and evaluate the most effective way to move your teeth. This phase may include:
- Medical and dental evaluations to ensure that prior issues are under control before your treatment begins.
- Castings and bite impressions to create a study model. This will allow the orthodontist to determine how each tooth in your mouth works in relation to the other teeth, and plan a more effective treatment.
- X-Rays to allow the orthodontist to see each tooth and its roots.
- Computer generated images to examine how specific treatments might affect the shape of your face and symmetry of your jaw.
- Photographs to monitor the progress of the teeth and the impact your treatment has on the shape of your phase. The orthodontist may take pictures before, during, and after your treatment.
In the second stage of treatment, the Active Phase, the planning and diagnostic tools used in the first phase of treatment will be put to use. The orthodontist will design custom orthodontic devices to gently move your teeth into the appropriate alignment. Traditional metal braces are the most common treatment, but other options are also available, and may be recommended depending on your dental needs. These orthodontic devices may be fixed or removable.
During the second stage of treatment, you will need to meet with the orthodontist regularly so that he can monitor your progress and make adjustments as needed.
The third and final stage of treatment is the Retention Phase. When your teeth have achieved the proper alignment, your braces or other devices will be removed and discontinued, and the orthodontist will provide you with a custom-made retainer. Retainers help to keep your teeth in their newly-corrected positions so that they do not shift out of place until the jawbone has reformed around the teeth to fully stabilize them.
For more information on orthodontic treatment phases, and to set up your appointment with our dentist, contact our office today.