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Co-operation

The length of treatment depends on the severity of the problem, the patient's growth and the level of patient co-operation. The estimated time of treatment usually is reasonably close to the actual time necessary, but treatment can be lengthened if growth is different than expected or if patient co-operation is less than ideal.

Co-operation by patients is essential and normally means:

  • Wearing all appliances, elastics, headgear, retainers etc as instructed.
  • Performing any exercises exactly as prescribed.
  • Keeping all appointments as scheduled.
  • Maintaining oral hygiene.
  • Maintaining excellent oral health.
  • Maintaining a good balanced diet.
  • Avoiding activities and foods that could damage or dislodge the appliances.
  • Informing the office about any problems with the appliances which might occur between visits.