Do the bands cut the gums or the cheeks?
Sometimes they do, but it's not a big problem if you're careful.
How long will it take to finish his treatment?
In his case, two or three years. After the bands are removed, Taro will wear a retainer to be sure that the teeth stay where they should.
How many months will he wear a retainer?
About six months. I forgot to mention that Taro would have to wear headgear.
A headgear is a very good way to apply pressure to move a tooth. It will be used to move the maxillary first molar in a backward direction. A headgear uses the back of the head and neck as a resistance area. The elastic in the headgear pulls the tooth toward the back of the head and neck.
Will he wear the headgear every day?
Yes, for at least 14 hours each day, especially when he sleeps. Please pay attention to the left and right sides of the headgear,
Taro. If you wear it upside down it will cause trouble, so be careful to wear it correctly.
Will it cause any difficulty sleeping, Doctor?
I hope that you don't have too much trouble sleeping with the headgear. It might be difficult to sleep for the first couple of days.
Don't worry, you'll get used to it.
When I put bands on the teeth you must be very careful to brush your teeth thoroughly.
If you don't, you'll have halitosis (bad breath) and a lot of cavities.
Brush your teeth very thoroughly before every dental appointment. OK?