How to Avoid Delays During Your Orthodontic Treatment

Our patients at South East Orthodontics hate the thought of delaying their treatments and often ask us what they can do in between their adjustment visits to help. Today, Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim, and David Mastroianni and our team thought we would provide some tips on how you can stay on track in regards to your treatment plan time.

The first thing we want you to do is keep your adjustment appointments. Each visit with Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim, and David Mastroianni is carefully planned to move your teeth a specific way in a certain time frame. It’s important to note that missing an appointment can add weeks or months to your treatment time.

Next, we want you to let Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim, and David Mastroianni and our team know right away if your experience any problems with your braces or appliances. A missing wire, rubber band, or broken bracket can delay treatment time, so we ask that you please give us a call right away to report any issues rather than waiting until your next visit.

Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed by Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim, and David Mastroianni. Most, if not all, of our patients will need to wear elastics or rubber bands at some point during their treatment. Not wearing the bands or elastics, or not wearing them enough, can slow down your treatment time. Rubber bands are critical in aligning your bite and are important for the bite-fixing phase of your treatment.

Finally, we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. In addition to flossing regularly, we encourage you to brush your teeth several times a day. Not brushing will allow sugar to wear away the cement on the braces, making them less effective in moving your teeth, as well as elevate your risk of developing cavities or tooth decay, which will inevitably delay treatment time.

If you have any questions about any of these tips, or if you have any general questions about your treatment, please give us a call at our convenient Berwick, VIC office, or ask Drs. Kip Homewood, Theresia Sudjalim, and David Mastroianni during your next adjustment visit!

Do you want straight teeth?

Start the conversation now
Let's talk

Call today for an appointment

  • Find Us
    2/31 Clyde Rd, Berwick VIC 3806
  • Phone
    03 9796 2794
  • Fax
    03 9796 1759
  • Email
    info@seortho.com.au
  • Opening Hours
    Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:30pm

Glen Iris Treatment Room

1564 Malvern Road,
Glen Iris VIC 3146

Available for all treatments with Dr Kip Homewood once every month on a Wednesday from 1.30pm to 6.30pm. Please contact our Berwick practice to make an appointment or enquiry.

Invisalign offers a discreet and effective way to straighten your teeth. If you are looking for more information about how Invisalign can help to improve your smile, download our free guide!
invisalign guide
Get Your Free Invisalign Guide!
Early intervention often takes advantage of the fact that your child’s jaw is still growing and can reduce the likelihood of future definitive orthodontic treatment with braces, to learn more download our free children's orthodontics guide!
childrens orthodontics guide
Get Your Free Children's Orthodontics Guide!