Excellent orthodontic results can be achieved with informed and cooperative patients. This information and Consent Agreement is supplied to all patients regarding their orthodontic treatment. While recognizing the benefits of a pleasing smile and healthy, functional teeth, you should also be aware that orthodontic treatment – like any treatment of the body – has some hazards, inconveniences, and limitations.
These drawbacks seldom outweigh the long range benefits, but should be considered in making the decision to wear braces.
Our goal in orthodontics is perfection. Dr. Hill will use his knowledge, training, skills and experience to achieve oral function that is also aesthetically pleasing. Much however, depends on the patient’s growth patterns, genetics, oral health and cooperation. During orthodontic treatment we will make models, x-rays and photographs, which may be used for professional reference and display, orthodontic journals, books, meetings, and patient education.
Throughout life, tooth positions change. This is true of everyone regardless if they have worn braces or not. In the late teens to early twenties orthodontic patients may notice slight irregularities developing in their front teeth. This is particularly true if their teeth were extremely crowded or protrusive prior to treatment. In some cases prolonged wearing of a retainer may be necessary.
Decalcification (permanent markings on the teeth), tooth decay, or gum disease can occur if patients do not brush and floss their teeth properly. Excellent oral hygiene is necessary. Snacks between meals containing sugar should be avoided. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings ARE A MUST. Occasionally, periodontal (gum) problems present before orthodontic treatment and may worsen with braces and require treatment.
Cold sores, canker sores, and irritation or injuries to the mouth are possible while wearing braces. Allergic reactions to dental materials or medications are rare, but can also occur. There may be a need for extraction of teeth, fillings, crowns, bridges, gum treatment, or other dental procedures before, during or after orthodontic treatment.
On rare occasions the nerve of a tooth may become abscessed. A tooth that has been irritated by a deep filling or even a minor blow may require treatment. In some instances the root ends of the teeth are shortened during treatment. This is called root resorption. Under healthy circumstances the shortened roots are not a disadvantage. There is no way to foresee if this will happen. In any case, nothing can be done to prevent this from occurring.
There is also a very small chance that pain may occur in the lower jaw joints. Tooth alignment or bite correction can usually improve tooth related causes of jaw discomfort, but additional treatment may be required outside the realm of orthodontics.
Occasionally a person who has grown normally and in average proportion may not continue to do so. If growth becomes disproportionate, the jaw position can be affected and original treatment objectives may have to be compromised. Skeletal growth disharmony is a biological process beyond the orthodontist’s control, which may require orthognathic surgery to correct.
Orthodontic treatment can succeed only through the joint cooperation of all parties involved. Together we can achieve the best possible result. In some instances, lack of cooperation in the requested use of headgear, elastics, functional orthopedic appliances and retainers will make successful completion of treatment impossible, or lengthen the duration of treatment.
We appreciate your confidence in choosing Hill Orthodontics. We want you to be fully informed – so ask questions anytime. I have read and understand this information, and with this knowledge, consent to treatment for: