ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT PROCESS

The orthodontic treatment process involves several stages:

 

INITIAL CONSULTATION AND ORTHODONTIC ASSESSMENT

 

The process leading to orthodontic treatment starts with a clinical consultation, for the purpose of defining the patient’s desires, needs and expectations. After that come the exams and other elements required to establish a diagnosis, which are carried out systematically.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT PLAN

 

The diagnosis – an intellectual exercise par excellence – is a process of the mind allowing the information (itself dependent on the knowledge built up over the course of the training the orthodontic specialist has received, together with the practitioner’s experience and personality) to be assembled, analysed and resumed according to a plan of logical action all culminating in an individual personalised choice of treatment.

– the treatment plan.

In orthodontic treatment, diagnostics are of capital importance.

Indeed, without a comprehensive, accurate, individual and personalised diagnosis, the correct treatment is not possible, and that obviously has a direct impact on the success or otherwise of the care.

ACTIVE TREATMENT

 

This phase of the treatment consists of the design, choice, fitting, activation of different orthodontic, orthopaedic, visible, invisible, removable and fixed appliances, together with other additional elements that may prove necessary for the treatment to proceed smoothly.

It must NEVER be forgotten that these appliances are only a means of achieving the results the patients await so eagerly. It is the orthodontic specialist who actually carries out the treatment and around whom the whole treatment strategy revolves.

RETENTION – MAINTAINING RESULTS

 

This is the final phase in orthodontic treatment, the objective being to stabilise

and maintain the results achieved. It is essential in the prevention of relapse, i.e. a return to the initial situation prior to a patient commencing treatment.

Fixed and/or removable retainers are worn for a further 1 or 2 years. In certain cases, the retainer is kept for a longer period and maybe even forever, especially in adults where there is a high potential for relapse.

Treatment, which included retention, carried out by Dr Palucha.

DID YOU KNOW?

 

It is to diagnostics that we can largely attribute the success of orthodontic treatment.

 

Other important factors include: the choice, design, implementation, follow-up, activation of appliances, consistency of treatment between the different stages and the skill of the orthodontic specialist.