Treatments

Orthodontic Process in Santee, CA


The orthodontic process is different for every patient and depends on the techniques used to achieve your goals.

Traditional & Clear Braces

Typically the start of your treatment will be completion of any necessary records followed by placement of separators.  Separators make space between your back teeth for the placement of rings and the rest of your braces 1-3 weeks later.  The placement visit is generally 60-75 minutes long.  Periodic visits range from 15-45 minutes and are typically spaced 6-10 weeks apart for the remainder of your treatment.  Good compliance with instructions and proper oral hygiene allow us to space your appointments out further and reduce the number of times you have take time out of your day to come see us.

Treatment with braces typically lasts 6-30 months or longer depending on the severity of the case.  Of course, the patient’s cooperation with attending their appointments, following instructions, avoiding foods that can damage the braces, and maintaining good oral hygiene can affect the treatment time.  It is very important that you continue to see your general dentist regularly during your treatment.  Some patients are advised to increase their frequency with their dental hygienist during treatment.

Aligner Therapy

Aligner therapy such as Invisalign starts with an impression or digital scan of your teeth.  A computer assisted treatment plan is designed and Dr. Goodman and the Invisalign technicians will go back and for to customize your case.  Initial delivery of the aligners and bonding of any necessary attachments follows approval of the sequence of treatment by Dr. Goodman.

Aligner therapy takes more patient cooperation than traditional braces, but as with braces, proper patient cooperation will allow you to reduce the number of office visits required to complete your treatment.  Invisalign Teen patients that do not comply with instructions may need braces placed to complete treatment.

Retainers

Once your braces or aligners are completed we will fabricate retainers to help hold your teeth in their new position.  The ligaments which hold the teeth in place need time to rearrange in the new position to achieve a stable result making proper retainer wear very important.  Instructions for retainer wear are specific to each patient, Dr. Goodman will prescribe retainers for you as needed.

You and Your Dentist

Before any orthodontic treatment, your general dentist should confirm that your teeth, gums, and periodontium are healthy enough for treatment.  Please maintain regularly scheduled cleaning and cavity check-ups.  Orthodontic treatment is not a substitute for visiting your dentist.

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