Length of treatment

The total time required to complete treatment may exceed the estimated time. Excessive or deficient bone growth, inadequate co-operation with elastic wear, poor oral hygiene, broken appliances, and missed appointments can lengthen the treatment time and decrease the quality of the end result.


some activities may cause teeth to move


teeth may have
to be reshaped


medication may
affect treatment


Due to variations in the number, size and shape of teeth, an ideal result may necessitate reshaping the teeth, cosmetic bonding, veneers, crowns, bridges or implants. Gum surgery or root treatments may also sometimes be necessary.

It may become necessary to modify the treatment plan to achieve the most favourable outcome. An example would be inserting a bridge if insufficient space or bone exists for the placement of an implant.

General medical problems and medication can affect the orthodontic treatment. You should keep your orthodontist informed of any changes in your medical health. Proper communication can resolve most concerns regarding treatment. Do not hesitate to consult with your orthodontist on any matter which may be a cause of concern.

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