I want to make a note here about the importance of taking responsibility for your own treatment. One obvious component is in doing the things the ortho tells you to do, including:
- wearing rubber bands or other contraptions as prescribed by your doctor
- brushing/flossing well
- keeping appointments
But another point that may not be obvious but that I think is really important is speaking up when you think something is not quite right. For example, I had to go in to ask for ortho buttons to be reapplied, because my center teeth were hitting, and I was grinding them. This wasn’t obvious to my doctor and his assistants, but it was obvious to me. So I was the one who called and asked them about it, and they put the ortho buttons back on.
So I encourage all braces wearers, especially newbies, to speak up and ask questions. Hey, you may be considered a nuisance (I probably am), but you’re paying a lot of money and are going through discomfort and putting in effort. Nobody else knows what’s going on in your mouth better than you do.