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What should you expect from an orthodontist? Here we answer 5 common questions

At Winchester Orthodontics, we understand that the thought of starting orthodontic treatment can be daunting. That's why we're here to answer some of the most common questions our patients have about orthodontics and help put your mind at ease. We will keep treatment options quite general in this article, but there are many to choose from and we will be happy to highlight the advantages of each one, such as Invisalign braces and other clear aligners.

Question 1: How long will my treatment take?


The length of your treatment will depend on the specific issues being addressed and the type of treatment you choose. Traditional metal braces typically take 18-24 months, while clear aligners like Invisalign can take anywhere from 6-18 months. As an orthodontist Hampshire we will be able to give you a more accurate estimate during your consultation. It is important to note that the duration of treatment can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the patient's compliance to the treatment plan.


Question 2: Will I need to wear a retainer after my treatment is finished?


Yes, in order to maintain the results of your treatment, it's important to wear a retainer as directed by your chosen orthodontist Hampshire. The retention phase is crucial to ensure that the teeth do not move back to their original positions. This phase usually lasts for a period of 6 months to a year and the type of retainer to be used will be decided based on your individual needs and response to treatment. Some patients may need to wear a retainer for a longer period of time, depending on the complexity of their case and the desired outcome.


Question 3: How often will I need to come in for appointments?


The frequency of appointments will vary depending on the type of treatment you're receiving. For traditional braces, appointments are typically scheduled every 4-8 weeks. For clear aligner treatment, appointments may be scheduled every 6-8 weeks. Our team will be delighted to discuss the specific schedule with you during your consultation. It's important to keep all scheduled appointments to ensure that treatment stays on track and to address any issues that may arise.


Question 4: Can orthodontic treatment fix an overbite or underbite?


Yes, orthodontic treatment can be used to correct overbites and underbites. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Some patients may require additional treatment in conjunction with orthodontics, such as jaw surgery, to fully correct the bite. However do not let this put you off, as often treatment is simple and beneficial and addressing such issues can lead to a much improved quality of life.


Question 5: Is orthodontic treatment just for children and teenagers?


No, orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teens. In fact, more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth and improve their bite. Our orthodontist Hampshire will be able to evaluate your case and discuss treatment options with you, regardless of your age.


At Winchester Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care. Our team will work closely with you throughout the treatment process to ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome. Remember, it is never too late to improve your smile and overall oral health.

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