What actually happens during the treatment?

Everything starts by signing up and scheduling your first appointment, followed by these steps:

Step 1 - First appointment
Step 2 - Documentation
Step 3 - Discussing the treatment plan and estimated investment
Step 4 - Starting the treatment
Step 5 - Follow up appointments
Step 6 - Retention phase

Check our video and descriptions below to deeper understand all the phases of the orthodontic treatment!

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First steps to start your orthodontic treatment

Step 1: First appointment

The first time you visit us, we will evaluate your case and tell you our first opinion. We are certain that you have many questions, which is why we set aside enough time for the first appointment. We will explain and demonstrate everything clearly and then discuss your need for orthodontic treatment. If there is such a need, we will also discuss whether it is the right time to start the treatment.

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Step 2: Documentation

We need as much information about your teeth as possible to ensure the best possible treatment. Therefore, we make digital x-rays, facial and oral photographs.
We also make digital study models with our latest intra-oral scanner. With the documentation, we will plan every step of your treatment.
You can access your documentation in our application anytime you want.

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Which braces are right for you?

There are various types of braces. Which braces are the best for you? That depends on the problem we want to fix! Among others, we work with the following braces: aligners, fixed braces, removable braces such as activators, plates, and extra-oral braces, and retainers.

Step 3: Discussing the treatment plan and estimated investment

This appointment can happen at the office or through a phone in which we will discuss the treatment plan. We will analyze this together with all the nuances of your treatment, considering all advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option. The treatment of choice is a shared decision between the patient and the dentist.

If there is indeed the need for orthodontic treatment and you are on board, we will estimate your costs depending on the type of braces chosen. This will give you a very close idea of the financial and time to be invested. If you agree to the estimated investment costs, we can start your treatment! There might be a referral to other specialists during your treatment, such as a speech therapist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or an implantologist.

*Please note that estimated costs do not include emergency appointments.

Estimated investment

Step 4: Starting the treatment

Whether we have decided for Invisalign, brackets, or a removable plate, your braces have to be placed or fitted! One or more appointments might be required, depending on what we have to do. You will return a few times over the following weeks. Once everything is placed and you get used to the new braces, we will start with follow-up appointments. Because it takes a while getting used to the new braces, we think it is better to see you more often in the first weeks.

Step 5: Follow-up appointments

Once your braces have been placed, you will come back to us regularly. In most cases, we will make a new appointment for six to eight weeks. In the meantime, your teeth will be moving more and more to the right position. The follow-up appointments are meant to readjust the braces and ensure that everything is going according to our treatment plan. In fixed braces, the old wire is removed from the brackets and a new wire is put in place. With Invisalign, we might change attachments, check whether your teeth are tracking according to the simulation, make small adjustments, and add elastics.

How long does the treatment take?

Each treatment is different because everyone has different problems. Your age and the develop of your malocclusion are determining factors. Also, patient compliance is very important specially concerning dental hygiene and the use of removable braces.
The average treatment time is from one-and-a-half to two years.

Step 6: Retention

We are very happy that you can smile more confidently! But remember that your teeth are still adjusting to the new position. Therefore, you need to wear your retainers to prevent them from moving.
A retainer can be a fixed wire behind the teeth or a removable aligner or plate. At the beginning of the retention phase, you will use the retainer day and night. Then, after a while, you will only wear it at night.

Types of retainers


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