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Treatment timing

When is the best time to start Orthodontic treatment?

The optimal timing for Orthodontic treatment depends on the condition of both the baby teeth (deciduous teeth), the permanent teeth, and the relationship of the jaws to the face, and each other.

The optimal time to take your child for an orthodontic consultation is at the age of 7-8 years.  This is the earliest time that specific conditions can be treated, and that your Orthodontist can advise you on future problems that may develop, as well as the next time an examination has to be done in order to diagnose any problems early.


How long does Orthodontic treatment take?

The length of Orthodontic treatment is approximately 2 years for comprehensive treatment with fixed appliances i.e. braces.

In specific conditions two phases of treatment might be required that will influence the treatment time.

The best way to get an accurate estimation of treatment time for your specific case would be to visit your Orthodontist for a consultation.  There is a lot of variation in treatment procedures, all influencing treatment time, therefore the best idea is to visit your Orthodontist to investigate all the options.


For how long does a patient have to wear the retainers following Orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment moves the teeth into positions that they are not genetically meant to be in, apart from this, the tissues stabilising the teeth connects each tooth to the one next to it.  This means that when the teeth are moved, the fibers connecting the teeth to each other, are twisted.  The natural straightening of these fibers take very long, and is one of the main reasons for relapse of the teeth into their original positions. 

Therefore, retainers are given to patients following Orthodontic treatment, to stabilise the teeth in their new positions, and enable the twisted fibers to reorganise in their new positions. 
Thus retainer wear is essential in order to maintain your treatment result.  The Orthodontist is not responsible for any tooth movement after treatment is finished in the absence of retainer wear. 

If your retainer is broken or lost, it is in your best interest to replace or repair it as soon as possible in order to avoid relapse.

There are certain procedures that can be undertaken to speed up the reorganization of the fibers.  Discuss this with your Orthodontist to see if you are a candidate for these procedures.


When is the best time to do bleaching of my teeth if I am planning to do Orthodontic treatment?

The best time to bleach your teeth is after you have had your Orthodontic treatment.