Your orthodontic treatment journey

Orthodontic treatment journey

Your treatment journey consists of initiating treatment, treatment visits and treatment completion. Your first appointment is to get your new appliance fitted and this will typically be a longer appointment. After this we will typically see you every four to eight weeks for adjustments. Every appointment is different as your treatment progresses. The overall duration of each personalised treatment plan varies depending on individual needs and can take anywhere from a few weeks to, in the case of braces, a few years.

Initiating treatment

The placement of your orthodontic appliance usually requires a longer appointment compared to many of your other appointments throughout treatment. Therefore, this appointment usually takes place during the morning as plenty of time can be allocated to the accurate placement and fitting of your fixed or removable appliance.

Initiating treatment

There may be some minor discomfort for one to two days after the placement of your orthodontic appliances. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, are effective against any discomfort you may have.

Slight modifications in your diet and oral hygiene are necessary for the success of your orthodontic treatment. We will communicate closely with your family dentist throughout your treatment. We recommend that you continue to visit your dentist every six months for check-ups and cleanings. Remember that the success of your treatment lies in your hands as well.

Treatment visits

Orthodontic appliances must be adjusted and monitored on a regular basis so that treatment can proceed as planned. Some appointments may be shorter than others, but they are all equally important to the success of your treatment. The frequency of your appointments will vary during the course of your treatment depending on what stage you are at, the type of appliance you have and how treatment is progressing.

Treatment visit

Your appointments will be scheduled at regular intervals (approx. 6-8 weeks) throughout your orthodontic treatment. Do not be concerned if your treatment intervals are as long as 10 to 12 weeks. The appliances and wires that we use are very specialised and high-tech and remain active until your next appointment. The frequency of your appointments may decrease to as short as every three or four weeks during certain stages of your treatment.

We provide the highest level of care and will finish your treatment as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Treatment completion

Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, you will be fitted with appliances and/or retainers to retain your beautiful new smile. Retainers can be either removable or permanent. The types of retainers recommended for your new smile will depend on your initial orthodontic needs, facial type, and growth pattern.

Treatment completion

Dr. Geoghegan will prescribe a custom retention schedule appropriate for you to make sure your teeth and jaws stay in their new position and keep your smile looking its best! All of SOP’s treatments include retainers and a period of supervised retention with Dr. Geoghegan.

Achieving the desired results

The most perfectly formulated treatment plan with the most perfectly suitable treatment apparatus is unlikely to give you the result you desire, if you or your child do/does not cooperate with the advice of the orthodontic team. Cooperation and the motivation to make the treatment a success are crucial cornerstones to achieving the desired results.

Achieving the desired results

Many kids and teenagers do not come to an orthodontic practice out of their own initiative. In most cases, they were recommended to see an orthodontist by their dentist or their parents arranged the first visit. It is therefore very important that from the beginning, parents are committed to support their child in a positive way and to reinforce how important their active cooperation and involvement is to the overall success and duration of the treatment.

Contact the SOP team

If you have any questions or would like to discuss orthodontic needs, please contact our reception to schedule an appointment.

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