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How Often Are Orthodontic Appointments?

Scheduling regular orthodontic appointments is one of the best ways to ensure your treatment stays on schedule. During these visits, your orthodontist will check your progress, make adjustments, and assess the health of your teeth and gums.

 It’s completely normal to have the question “how often are orthodontic appointments supposed to occur”. Your number of orthodontic appointments you have will depend on your treatment method. Let’s look closer at how often you need to see your orthodontist with braces, Damon Braces, Invisalign, and specialty treatments such as headgear.

No matter what treatment is best for you, you can be sure that Hess Orthodontics will give you the top service in West Coast Florida!

How Often are Braces Appointments?

According to the Oral Health Foundation, orthodontists will usually need to adjust your braces every four to six weeks. Adjustments may include:

  • Tightening the archwires.
  • Replacing the archwires.
  • Changing the elastic bands.

At Hess Orthodontics, we prioritize your health and comfort. Our orthodontists will also ensure your teeth and gums look healthy and that the braces system is in good condition. This is also a great time to ask questions about what to expect for the rest of your treatment.

How Often Do You See an Orthodontist During Damon Braces Treatment?

A Damon braces study in the National Library of Medicine showed that patients with Damon braces required fewer check-in appointments during treatment and had shorter treatment times than patients with traditional braces. You may need to schedule more visits early in your treatment so your orthodontist can observe your progress. Because Damon Braces are self-ligating, you may only need to have an appointment every eight weeks. That said, your orthodontic condition and the health of your teeth and gums will determine the number of visits.

How Often Do You See an Orthodontist with Invisalign?

Like other braces systems, the number of times you see an orthodontist with Invisalign will depend on your case. So how often do you see an orthodontist with Invisalign? On average, we see patients with Invisalign every four to six weeks.

To ensure your Invisalign treatment is efficient and effective, it is essential you wear the aligners 22 hours a day, as recommended by your orthodontist. You should only remove the aligners to brush your teeth or eat. Practicing good dental hygiene is also critical to keeping your smile healthy during treatment.

Schedule your complimentary consultation today to learn what makes Hess Orthodontics the leading Invisalign provider in Riverview, Lithia, Parrish, Apollo Beach, and Sarasota.

How Often Do You See an Orthodontist with Headgear and During Specialty Treatment?

Hess Orthodontics offers many forms of specialty treatment, including:

  • Expanders
  • Permanent retainers
  • Removable retainers

These systems help correct jaw, bite, and teeth conditions. Your orthodontist will want to see you every four to eight weeks during treatment to ensure the technologies treat the issue as intended.

Girl in a treatment chair talking to a dentist with blue gloves.

What Happens at Orthodontic Checkups?

At Hess Orthodontics, Dr. Michael Hess, Dr. Paiyal Popat,  Dr. Matt Baker, and Dr. Laura Rey takes every step to ensure your treatment is going smoothly, and everything looks good with your smile! Check-in visits allow them to:

  • Look at your teeth and gums.
  • Adjust your braces systems.
  • Give you your next Invisalign tray.
  • Answer any questions you have.

Patients can experience some tenderness after getting their braces adjusted. The sensation comes from your teeth shifting into position and usually disappears within 48 hours.

Get the Best Orthodontic Treatment in Sarasota, Riverview, Litha, Parrish, and Apollo Beach

Hess Orthodontics has provided the top braces, Damon Braces, and Invisalign care in Lithia, Parrish, Riverview, Sarasota, and Apollo Beach for over 15 years. Helping our patients achieve the smiles of their dreams is our passion and practice! 

Start your journey toward a bright, healthy smile today by scheduling your complimentary consultation.

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