During your first appointment, we will go over your wishes and possibilities. It can happen that you will need to visit a different specialist first and that your treatment is temporarily postponed. We will also take scans, foto’s and X-rays. if this data is process in to a digital project plan this will be shared with you. Hereby you will receive al the information, expected treatment duration, the costs, possible risks and general terms and conditions. And also a reflection periode.
Each treatment starts by fitting the braces; a removable set of (clear) braces or fixed bracket braces. After this, checkups are required every 4, 8, and 12 weeks – depending on the growth development and type of braces.
These checkups serve to steer or make small changes to your treatment. In some cased, a rough strip may be used to create extra space between the teeth or ‘seps’ (separate elastics) are placed. The progress and success of the treatment depends on multiple factors such as the development of the jaw, the motivation and cooperation of the patient, and the reaction of the teeth to the braces. Finally, wearing the braces regularly and following all dental recommendations of your practitioner, will significantly support the success of your treatment.
Particularly in the first 10 weeks of your treatment, discomfort and sensitivity may occur. In some cases, parts of your braces can detach. To avoid further damage or discomfort, it is best to schedule an extra checkup appointment or consult right away. You can reach us via phone, mail, or chat for any questions you may have.
Invisalign aligners are a set of clear, thin synthetic covers that slip over the teeth. Every other week, you put in a new set with a slightly different profile so that your teeth are gradually pushed into position.
Removable braces are named that way because they aren’t fixed, and the person wearing them can take them out during the day.
Retainers and splints
after the active treatment period, the braces are removed. This is then followed by a so-called retention phase. To stabilize the end results of the treatment, night retainers are fitted.
Fixed braces – also known as block- or square braces – are irremovable by the person wearing them. These types of braces are made up of little brackets that are glued to the teeth.
As you’re coming to the end of your treatment, a final consultant is planned to discuss your results. Final pictures; x-rays and a 3D scan, are taken to see if you’re happy with the final results.
As soon as the desired results are achieved and the active treatment is completed, the braces will be removed, and the teeth are polished. As their position is not yet fixed, retainers are fitted to prevent your teeth from moving. Together we will discuss the best choice of retainers for long-lasting results.
Night retainers for the upper and lower jaw is the most common option, however a splint, or a combination of the two, is also possible. When worn properly – and grinding and clenching are avoided – night retainers on average last 3 to 5 years. Normally we provide you with 3 sets so you have a spare set if one is lost or damaged.
If you notice any change in the position of your teeth, or when they remain immobile, please get in touch for a follow-up appointment.