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What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

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What to Expect: Orthodontic Checkups & Evaluations

During your orthodontic treatment, you will have to pay regular visits to our Coquitlam orthodontic office, so that your orthodontist can monitor your progress and make sure everything is going as planned.


Why do I have to visit my orthodontist during treatment?

Your teeth and other oral structures will change and shift significantly during your treatment. To make sure that all these changes are happening as they should, and when they should be, your orthodontist will have to carefully monitor them. If you are wearing braces (instead of Invisalign), you will also need to have the wires adjusted or "tightened" during these appointments so that they continue to move your teeth into the desired positions. These adjustments essentially re-position your braces, so that the next phase of your treatment can commence.

Orthodontics patients who wear braces need to visit the orthodontist somewhat more frequently than Invisalign patients, not only for adjustments, but also to have their orthodontic elastics changed out. This has to be done periodically so that your braces stay tight, and continue to do their job straightening your teeth.

On the plus side, changing your elastics means you can change the look of your braces by selecting a new colour for your elastics; they come in just about every colour of the rainbow, and you can choose a different colour each time!

Depending on what your orthodontist's findings during your checkup and exam, she may adjust the timing of your orthodontic treatment as well.

And finally, regular checkups with your orthodontist will allow her to monitor your overall oral health, and advise you on how to better care for your teeth and orthodontic appliances as your treatment progresses.

Do I still need to see my dentist as well?

Yes! Your dentist will still need to perform cleanings and checkup every six months, just like always, to keep your teeth healthy and strong during your orthodontic treatment.


Ready to book your next appointment? Contact our Coquitlam office today!