What’s the Key to Shorter Orthodontic Treatment Time?

WILMETTE/Kenilworth, GRAYSLAKE, IL – Have you heard that wearing braces takes forever and is painful, both for the mouth and the wallet?

That doesn’t have to be the case. Taking the time to research providers before undergoing orthodontic treatment can be the difference maker in your treatment.

Dr. Michael Stosich, an orthodontist who is committed to taking a careful, scientific approach to treating his patients, urges patients to do careful research of their provider before beginning treatment. Dr. Stosich is passionate about the field of orthodontics, and his training and care is evidence of that.

So what should you look for when choosing a provider?

  1. Highly personalized, attentive and compassionate care
  2. Training and skill
  3. Advanced technology, such as 3D imaging
  4. Someone who will be a partner in your treatment

 

By choosing a provider who has advanced training and skills, you can ensure your provider has a host of experience treating a variety of orthodontic cases, including the most severe. But you also want to choose a provider who crafts treatment plans that are specific to each patient. That’s because every malocclusion is different, and every patient is different.

Using advanced 3D image guided technology, providers like Dr. Stosich can visualize how teeth will respond to treatment, and then create the ideal treatment plan to ensure the most highly functioning smile at the end of treatment.

And in turn, that means shorter treatment times, less discomfort and less money spent on additional appointments.

What should you be wary of when looking at providers?

  1. Upsells with the latest technology
  2. Claims that certain technologies or braces can guarantee a shorter treatment time
  3. Guarantees of length of treatment time
  4. One size fits all treatment plans

 

New technology is released practically every day. Much of it is wonderful, such as the 3D imaging Dr. Stosich uses. However, some is chock full of claims that haven’t been proven true by evidence-based research. If you hear claims that a certain type of braces or other device can shorten your treatment time, it’s simply not true.

Customized appliances and the latest options in precision brackets and appliances, paired with specialized treatment plans and a skilled orthodontist, can offer patients their ideal smiles in less time, and with less discomfort – both to the mouth and the wallet.

Regardless of the type of braces used in your treatment, whether they’re traditional metal braces, Invisalign, clear braces, lingual braces, or another type, the keys to shorter and more comfortable treatment times are you and your provider.

You must be committed to your treatment – that means maintaining your appointments, taking care of your appliances, and being a partner in your treatment.

Your provider has the skills, experience and technology available to provide you with the most scientifically proven and customized treatment to offer the most effective and comfortable care possible. Treatment precision comes from careful planning. And that planning means a more comfortable treatment that is less expensive because it takes less time.

When choosing your orthodontist, it’s important to understand his or her approach to treatment to get an idea of how long treatment might last. There’s no magic number for how long a patient will be in braces, but if you choose an orthodontist who plans carefully and approaches each case with an individualized and scientific approach, and you’re committed to being a partner in your treatment, you can set aside your worries and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a beautiful and properly functioning smile.

In summary, the type of appliance your orthodontist uses doesn’t determine the length of treatment, nor can it shorten your treatment time. What can, though, is the skill and expertise of your orthodontist, paired with your commitment to following the necessary instructions and advice.

Together, these play a critical role in shortening the length of your treatment. In addition, be wary of any claims of certain appliances that promise to shorten treatment times – most of these claims are biased, with little scientific evidence to back up the claims, and have been refuted by independent, scientific research studies.

AUTHOR: Michael Stosich

Michael S. Stosich, DMD, MS, MS, is a specialist orthodontist for children and adults with subspecialty expertise in robotically assisted orthodontics. Dr. Stosich serves as the orthodontic director at the University of Chicago's cleft lip and palate clinic and craniofacial anomalies clinic, which treats complex pediatric craniofacial anomalies.