So you have recently started with your braces, good news. Now, what? Now the real journey begins—your regular appointments with your orthodontist. Just because you have those metal wires successfully placed on your teeth does not mean you are off the hook. On the contrary, you have signed-up for a responsibility and commitment to a successful overall oral hygiene. This means that you have agreed to allocate a certain amount of your time in helping your orthodontist get the best result for your teeth. What happens in your regular visit? In a nutshell, the regular appointments set by your orthodontist allow for the proper oral care and progress check-up which is necessary in monitoring how well your teeth responds to the braces.

Moreover, there are a few other important reasons why you need an orthodontist:

  1.    Progress Monitoring. Just like any other projects, undergoing braces needs constant monitoring. Your teeth needs regular check-ups to make sure that it responds well to the treatment and are going in the right direction. The appointments are even more vital during the first few months of your braces as this will allow your orthodontist to observe your teeth and work on a treatment plan that works best for you.

  1.    Braces Adjustment. When you first had your braces on, your orthodontist attaches an arch wire to the brackets on your teeth. Every visit, after the progress monitoring, the wire will be tightened and re-energized to ensure that the pressure on your teeth is constant and that they are moving the proper direction. Neglecting your monthly visit is prohibiting the progress that your teeth could have made with the scheduled adjustment. Do you really want to do that?

  1.   Rubber Replacement. The rubber bands pay a crucial role in providing the force needed in properly aligning your teeth and jaws. As weeks go by, the rubbers get loose, defeating its purpose—to pull your teeth closer and your jaws in the right direction. The longer you neglect your orthodontist visit, the longer you are likely to finish your braces treatment.

  1.    Problem Prevention. Reading up on proper dental hygiene articles on dental blogs does not give you the right amount of knowledge you need to apply the proper care for your braces. This treatment vary from one person to another so you cannot just rely on what works for other people. Make your regular check-up with your orthodontist productive. Ask questions that bothers you and seek for the expert opinion that only your orthodontist can provide you. It is through this that you are able to identify and prevent the development of oral problems.

  1.   Emergency Management. There are times when the unavoidable happens—your wire gets loose, your rubber breaks, and a whole lot of other things that are out of your control. While there is not much you can do about sudden incidents as such, you can do something to manage them. Your regular visit will allow your orthodontist to check and monitor the condition of your braces and do the necessary adjustments or replacements before it even gets worse. Why wait for the worse to happen when you can prevent it? You know what they say, prevention is better than cure.