The next step in the treatment process is your fitting appointment. This is when we will fit your appliance to your teeth. If you’re wearing braces, the brackets will be fitted to the front surface of your teeth (or the back in the case of lingual braces). If you’re having Invisalign treatment, we’ll give you a few sets of Invisalign aligners to wear over the coming weeks to kick start your treatment journey.
Orthodontic treatment takes anywhere between a few months and two years or more, depending upon the complexity of your problem. Throughout your treatment, you’ll need to come in and see us every six to eight weeks so we can monitor your progress (unless your using dental monitoring - see below!). We want to ensure your teeth are moving in the direction they should and that things are moving as efficiently as possible.
In between these appointments, it’s your responsibility to look after your teeth and your appliances by following thorough cleaning instructions and keeping the consumption of sugars low. While you’re having orthodontic treatment your teeth can be sensitive and a bit more susceptible to plaque build up. We’ll give you advice on how best to care for your teeth and we do ask you follow this.
If you're wearing Invisalign aligners, we can set you up with the dental monitoring app which will reduce the number of check-up appointments you need to attend during treatment. Dental monitoring is a smartphone app that enables us to track the progress of your treatment via weekly photos you upload to your phone. It's a great system for helping your orthodontic treatment fit into your lifestyle! Find out more about it here.