How Often Do I Need to Get Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatments can help a patient achieve a life-long healthy and straight smile. The length of treatment is always as different as each patient and their treatment goals.  Dr. Ana Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics near Monmouth, OR can help give you a better understanding of the processes of orthodontic treatment and which approach may provide their patients with the best outcomes possible.

Schedule a consultation for orthodontic treatment

During the initial consultation, Dr. Ana Castilla will complete a new-patient exam and diagnose your orthodontic treatment needs. This assessment usually lasts about an hour and allows the doctor to evaluate your needs as a patient and answer all of your questions about your proposed course of treatment. X-rays and/or photographs of your teeth may be taken and will help Dr. Ana Castilla identify which treatment option is the best for you.

Once you’ve decided on a course of treatment, like braces or Invisalign, Dr. Castilla will provide you with an estimated cost of treatment, a timeline for how long the course of treatment will take, and any options for finishing your treatment.

The time that you have to actually wear your braces will vary depending on your needs and the type of treatment indicated. The typical treatment time is 23 months. Some patients have their braces on for only six months, while other patients can have them for longer than three years.

Getting your braces

Dr. Castilla and his team will walk you through the entire course of treatment from beginning to end, schedule a series of appointments to get you started, and can discuss with you options for funding your treatment. The team will review your dental records and show you samples of braces, Invisalign aligners, and other appliances that may be integrated into your treatment.

The appointment to affix your braces to your teeth takes about 2 hours and can be scheduled almost immediately after your consultation. A Castilla Orthodontics associate will first prepare your teeth for the brackets, and then your orthodontist will carefully position each bracket on each tooth. Because this is such a critical step in the process, Dr. Castilla invests a lot of time sweating the details (including bracket type, positioning, and wire selection) to help each of his patients achieve the best treatment outcome possible.

Throughout your treatment, the Castilla Orthodontics team will help you schedule routine checkups; brief appointments to adjust your brackets, answer questions, and check your progress. These meetings usually average 15 to 20 minutes and take place every 8 to 10 weeks. If you’re using Invisalign aligners, these checkups occur every 4 to 6 weeks.

Concluding Treatment

When your course of treatment with braces is coming to an end, your doctor will schedule you for a “debanding.” Removing your braces will take a little over an hour, and you will be pleased at how easy and comfortable the process is. It is then important that you arrange with your dentist to have a thorough cleaning, check-up, and fluoride treatment after the removal of your braces.

To hold your teeth in their new position, Dr. Ana Castilla will evaluate which retainer is appropriate for you and make you a set of retainers and recommend a practice for wearing them. Most patients are advised to wear their retainers indeterminately in some capacity. The general rule is, “Wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight.”

Go show the world your healthy, gorgeous, new smile!

Before you leave the office after your final treatment, you will be given a photo of how your teeth looked before you had braces so that you can compare how your beautiful smile looks now.

If your dentist recommends braces for you, then Dr. Ana Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics near Monmouth, OR can help. Give them a call: 503-399-0721

No Age Limit When it Comes to Braces

Adults who are considering adult orthodontic treatment with braces near Dallas, OR are finding that the patients of Dr. Ana Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics have more positive treatment experiences and more successful outcomes.

A concern for adults considering adult orthodontic treatment with braces is that their treatment will not fit into their otherwise busy schedules, and that orthodontic care will become a burden. Adult patients of Dr. Ana Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are advised to follow these simple steps to minimize their efforts and to maximize the successful outcome of their treatment with braces.

  1. Pick a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle. The first step in ensuring that your adult orthodontic treatment goes well is selecting a treatment plan at your first consultation that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. Adult patients of Dr. Ana Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are able to explore the many treatment options available to them including traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners.
  2. Know the care requirements of each treatment option. Dr. Ana Castilla will meet with you and discuss in more detail the benefits and drawbacks of each system to help you determine what option is right for you. Clear braces sometimes require more careful care, as they are easier to stain and break. Invisalign is removable and easy to clean. But, if you are extremely busy and tend to lose things, the removable nature of Invisalign makes it easy to misplace or forget.
  3. Keep your adjustment appointments. Any setback or delay in treatment, even if it is a small one, may compromise the timing of your treatment. During these appointments, Dr. Ana Castilla will check on your progress and make any adjustments to your appliance that are needed to keep your teeth moving correctly. Conscientious adherence to adjustment schedules will ensure that your treatment will always be progressing on schedule, and you may even finish your orthodontic treatments earlier.
  4. Use appliances as directed. Sometimes appliances like rubber bands or retainers will need to be employed during your treatment. Dr. Ana Castilla recommends to his patients to always wear these appliances exactly as directed and to make wearing them part of their daily routine. Reserve some time daily (at the same time, perhaps after lunch or right when you wake up) to care for your braces and appliances properly, so that eventually it feels second nature. A consistent daily regimen of care, following the directions appropriate for your treatment, will help relieve the stress of worrying about tending to your orthodontics.

Dr. Ana Castilla and the team at Castilla Orthodontics are the experts in adult orthodontic treatment near Dallas, OR. If you have any questions about traditional braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners, or if would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ana Castilla contact Castilla Orthodontics at: 503.399.0721