Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic Treatment Steps

orthodontic treatment steps

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.

Diagnostic records

When Dr. Jamilian recognized the need for treatment, the diagnostic record stage will be initiated which includes:

  1. Teeth casting
  2. Head and face radiography
  3. 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.

steps of orthodontic treatment

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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Stages of Orthodontic Treatment

1-What is the best orthodontic treatment?

The best orthodontic treatment is offered by the best orthodontist. Visit a professional and modern orthodontist in order to receive the newest orthodontic treatment methods based on your disorder. Orthodontic appliances and methods have significantly advanced in recent years and the newest orthodontic appliances are the most efficient in orthodontic treatment.

2-What is the purpose of orthodontic treatment?

The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to achieve the correct function and healthy jaws, teeth, and oral cavity, which is the first part of the gastrointestinal tract. This is actualized by correcting and adjusting the positioning of teeth and jaws. In addition, facial beauty is achieved for the patient.

3-Does orthodontic treatment damage teeth roots?

The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to achieve beautiful and healthy teeth. Therefore, a professional orthodontist adjusts teeth through a specific course of time to an extent in order to avoid damage to the roots. You will have healthier and more beautiful teeth at the end of orthodontic treatment.

4-How long does it take to place orthodontics?

Placing fixed orthodontics takes about 15 minutes by Dr. Jamilian. Also, molding for removable orthodontics is carried out in one session and the removable orthodontics is delivered to the patient in one minute in the following session.

5-How long does it take for teeth to be corrected and adjusted?

The required time is different based on the maxi-dental disorder. Orthodontics may take one year in simple dental disorders in which the jaws are standardly positioned. However, orthodontic treatment may take up to 2 years in severe disorders in which the jaws are improperly positioned.

6-What is short-term orthodontic treatment?

New orthodontic appliances have reduced the time of orthodontic treatment. Nonetheless, it should be noted that the orthodontist cannot move teeth more than one millimetre per month to avoid damage to teeth roots. Refer to an up-to-date and modern orthodontist for short-term orthodontics.


Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist
About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a full-time professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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