In the orthodontic clinic of Dr. Jamilian, the first consultation visit for determining orthodontic procedures is free of charge. In the first session, teeth, jaws, gums, bone structure and the overall dental health is examined by an orthodontist. The dentist will also determine if orthodontics is needed and if needed, the length, different methods and the costs of orthodontic treatment will be estimated.
During this session, you can ask all your questions from Dr. Jamilian and address your concerns about the orthodontic treatment.
When Dr. Jamilian recognized the need for treatment, the diagnostic record stage will be initiated which includes:
- Teeth casting
- Head and face radiography
- Digital photography of jaws and face
These records enable us to make the best and most accurate diagnosis. At this time, the orthodontist will fully explain everything to you including the type and method of orthodontic treatment, different stages of treatment and also the need for surgery and teeth extraction. The patient is also informed of estimated time and cost of orthodontic treatment. Each orthodontic patient has a specific malformation needing its own treatment plan.
Orthodontic treatment and jaws position
The jaws status is examined before placing orthodontic brackets on the teeth, and in the case of protruded or retruded jaws, their position is first corrected with removable orthodontic appliances. The age of orthodontic treatment is of particular importance, because in 8 or 9 year-old patients, the jaws can be moved to the standard position using orthodontic tools without any need for surgery. However, orthodontic surgery may be required in adults.
Note that at any age you want to align your irregular teeth, you should first consult an orthodontist to determine the correct method for the treatment of misaligned teeth. The orthodontist plans a professional treatment for you, recognizes your need for jaw surgery, and tells you when to apply for jaw surgery. In adult patients, the orthodontist first prepares the teeth for surgery. Then the jaw surgery is performed by a maxillofacial surgeon.
Thereafter, the patient refers an orthodontist to continue the treatment.
Orthodontic treatment schedule
The length of orthodontic treatment will vary depending on the patient’s age and severity of malformation. The method of orthodontic treatment chosen by an experienced orthodontist is also of great importance. For example, orthodontic treatment of children with a certain degree of malformation is shorter than that in adults. The length of treatment with fixed orthodontics is also shorter than removable orthodontics. The orthodontist takes all these issues into consideration and eventually gives the patient a 6- to 30-month schedule. The orthodontist will also inform the patient of the number of visits and appropriate time intervals.
Patient responsibility during orthodontic treatment steps
The patient is expected to follow the orthodontics process with diligence and discipline, and to carefully follow instructions given by the orthodontist. To get the best outcome of the orthodontic treatment, consider:
– Regular visits according to the schedule provided by the orthodontist
– Oral hygiene, especially at night
– Proper care and maintenance of orthodontics
End of orthodontic treatment
At the final stage, a suitable retainer is recommended to stabilize orthodontic treatment. The orthodontist tells you the proper timing for using the retainer. In addition, the use and maintenance of the retainer will also be taught to you.
Some retainers are used full-time for the first 6 months. Thereafter, the retainer is used only at night for several years. There are also other retainers that are used full-time for a week and then only at nights.