After you have made the commitment to straighten your teeth with our orthodontists, Dr. Jeff, Dr. Soo and Dr. Betina in New Albany, Westerville and Pataskala, OH. We’re proud to serve our neighbors in Granville, Powell, Newark, and Westerville, Ohio. you will need to continue to see your orthodontist routinely as you undergo your treatment time. However, the frequency needed can vary depending on the type of braces that you choose. Throughout your orthodontic treatment, you will need to continue to schedule regular appointments, as well as follow-up appointments periodically after treatment.
Why Do I Need Follow-Up Care?
After you have made the choice to straighten your teeth, you will need regular appointments designed to make adjustments and monitor your treatment as you go. If you have chosen metal braces, you will need to visit your orthodontists, Dr. Jeff, Dr. Soo or Dr. Betina about every 6 to 8 weeks. It is important for your orthodontist to adjust your wires to help move your teeth efficiently. You will want to make sure to keep all scheduled visits with your orthodontist on the set schedule to help ensure that the progression of your treatment is timely and working as planned.
What Can I Expect During Follow-Up Care?
During your follow-up appointments, your orthodontists, Dr. Jeff, Dr. Soo or Dr. Betina will check your progress. They will also replace the elastic ties and switch out the wires when using traditional braces. If needed, they may recommend elastic bands to correct an overbite or underbite. The entire process typically takes only about 20 minutes on average.
For those who have chosen Invisalign® clear aligners in Powell, Newark, Westerville, New Albany, or Pataskala, OH, you will not need follow-up care as often because you are able to progress through your aligners at home. However, you will still need to schedule an appointment about every 10 weeks to stay on track. Our orthodontist will check to ensure your aligners are correctly moving the teeth according to your treatment plan and give you your additional trays.
How Long Will I Need Treatment?
The length of time your orthodontic treatment takes is based on several factors, such as the type of orthodontic treatment used and the severity of your bite and alignment issues. On average, treatment using traditional braces can take one to three years. For those using Invisalign, treatment time is generally shorter. In as little as 12 months, your Invisalign treatment may be complete! This does depend on how diligent you are about taking your aligners out as minimally as possible no matter how tempting it is to remove them for reasons other than eating and cleaning your teeth.
After your orthodontic treatment is finished, you will need to wear an orthodontic retainer, which you will receive about a week after your braces are removed. Wearing a retainer prevents your teeth from shifting back into their previous positions. At this point, you will need to visit the orthodontist far less often. You will need a follow-up appointment three months after receiving your retainer for your orthodontist to make sure your alignment is doing well. Then you will have your final follow-up appointment one year later. However, if your retainer becomes damaged or needs repair, please let us know so we can schedule an appointment for you to come in and get that fixed as soon as possible.
Where Can I Get Braces?
If you are ready to straighten your smile, Shirck Orthodontics offers several options to straighten your teeth in New Albany, Westerville and Pataskala, OH, along with our neighbors in Granville, Powell, Newark, and Westerville, Ohio. After performing a consultation, we will discuss your treatment options, which may include traditional metal braces, Invisalign, or one of our other treatments available.
We Are the Orthodontist Near You
Shirck Orthodontics is pleased to offer orthodontics to help you and your family create the smiles you deserve. We have convenient locations near you in New Albany, Westerville and Pataskala, OH. We’re proud to serve our neighbors in Granville, Powell, Newark, and Westerville, Ohio. Start your journey to a straight smile by scheduling your appointment today!