Three Reasons Your Orthodontic Braces are Still On


For many people, the day they get their orthodontic braces is an exciting one. It signifies the first step toward a straight, beautiful and healthy smile. As time passes, they begin to count down the days until the braces come off and many even become impatient – especially when the date comes and goes. Listed below are the three reasons why your orthodontic braces might still be on, and they might be quite surprising.

Reason #1 – You

Your orthodontist is specially trained to provide you with all of the treatment you need to get a beautiful, straight smile. However, he or she also relies on you to hold up your end of the deal. Thus, once your orthodontist sets your time frame, there are some things that you can do that may actually tack on a few weeks (or even months) to the treatment time. These include but are not limited to:

  • Missing or changing your appointments frequently. Procedures must be performed within a certain period of time to ensure their effectiveness.
  • Frequently arriving late to appointments. This often means that the orthodontist and his or her technicians do not have the time to perform all of the planned procedures.
  • Putting off other necessary procedures. These may include things like extractions and surgeries.
  • Causing damage to your braces – either the wires or the brackets – between visits. It is important to always follow the orthodontist’s recommendations when it comes to avoiding certain foods to prevent this from occurring. Those tortilla chips may taste good now, but they can cause serious delays in your treatment if they snap a wire.
  • Not following instructions. Orthodontists have very good reasons for providing these instructions, and if you fail to use aligners or rubber bands correctly, or if you do not have outstanding oral hygiene, this can slow the process significantly.

As you can see, it is very important for you to follow all of your orthodontist’s instructions and to make it to every appointment on time as scheduled. This way, the original treatment plan can be followed with precision and your braces stand a better chance of coming off on time. If you absolutely must reschedule an appointment, you should do your best to keep your appointment times as close to the original as possible in order to prevent any delays in your treatment.

Reason #2 – Your Orthodontist

An orthodontist is specially trained to recognize and diagnose oral problems and then come up with a treatment plan to resolve them. He or she understands that your time is valuable and that no one wants to wear braces any longer than they must, so they work hard to come up with a plan that gets the right results in the shortest period of time possible. However, not all orthodontists are the same. Some focus more on quantity than quality, and others are too busy to focus directly on their patients. Issues can and sometimes will arise that delay the removal of your braces.

Problems with the original diagnosis or treatment plan. Unfortunately, it is possible for an orthodontist to make a mistake along the way. This may mean that treatments have to be revised in order to provide the best results, and this could add some time to your overall treatment.

  • Problems encountered by your orthodontist during the examination;
  • Problems that needed to be corrected after a treatment plan was started;
  • Changes in the treatment plan to more accurately treat your unique situation as a patient; and
  • Appointments that were spaced too far apart due to rescheduling conflicts.

These are not issues that any orthodontic patient should expect, however. Orthodontists are specially trained to treat certain oral issues, but like anyone else, they have different personalities and work ethics. It is important to find an orthodontist with an outstanding reputation for patient care to help you with your treatment.


Reason #3 – Nature

So, what if your orthodontist has done everything perfectly and you have gone out of your way to heed his or her advice, but you’re still wearing your braces at month 24 even though they were supposed to come off at month 20? Nature could actually be to blame. When your orthodontist calculates your treatment time, he or she uses averages in response times to different types of treatment to do so. Your body may not respond in the same way as another, and this can be expected from time to time. In some cases, individuals may actually respond to treatment much better than others, meaning that they may have their braces removed early rather than late. It’s all about the biology of things and how you respond individually.

If you ever have any concerns about your progress or your treatment in general, be sure to contact your orthodontist. He or she should be able to go over your treatment with you to provide you with reassurance – or even change your treatment somewhat to help you see better results. Bear in mind that different types of orthodontic appliances provide results in different amounts of time, too, so your choice in braces can also impact the amount of time you spend wearing them.

Expert Care

Nalchajian Orthodontics offers an opportunity to receive expert dental care from a Fresno orthodontist or Clovis orthodontist with an evaluation concerning needing braces to have a more attractive appearance and a stronger bite. Patients can choose between two experts at Nalchajian Orthodontics facilities, including:

Dr. Greg Nalchajian
Dr. Nicole Nalchajian

All ages of patients are welcomed at Nalchajian Orthodontics to learn if plastic aligners or metal braces are necessary to straighten teeth or decrease unsightly gaps. Call to schedule an appointment today, or contact Nalchajian Orthodontics with an online form.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

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