When I first got my Damon System braces on I was given an estimate of 18 months treatment time. Of course, I hoped that my teeth would fly into place effortlessly, causing Dr. Harrington, my orthodontist, to exclaim “Wow! This is the shortest treatment time in history!” But in reality, I’m going to be in braces a little bit beyond the 18-month mark, due to a stubborn gap that requires extra time to close up.
Wear your rubber bands. Yes, elastics can be a pain, and I resisted wearing them at first. But not wearing the bands—or not wearing them enough—can slow down your treatment time. If you’re having trouble remembering to put the bands back in after eating or brushing your teeth, download the Rubberband Reminder app to help you remember.
Let your orthodontist know about problems right away. A missing wire, rubber band or broken bracket can all lengthen your treatment time, so call your orthodontist’s office right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next appointment. You might also want to let your orthodontist know if your teeth are doing something new and unexpected—like a sudden gap or crowding forming—especially if your next appointment is a while away.
Keep your appointments. During your treatment, each adjustment is carefully orchestrated to move your teeth a certain way in a certain time frame. Missing an appointment can throw that treatment plan off—and if your orthodontist’s office is as busy as mine is, you may have to reschedule an appointment several weeks away. Do everything you can to keep your scheduled appointment, and if you have to miss, call as far as you can in advance to reschedule.
I have another appointment soon, and hope to set my braces-off date! Can’t wait to share it in a future post.