You’re finally relaxing on the couch after a long, stressful day. Between work, running the kids to and from activities, preparing dinner, going to the gym, and everything else life threw into your path today, you keep getting this nagging feeling you’re forgetting something. Then it hits you…your orthodontist appointment. It completely slipped your mind. Now what?
You may feel as though it’s no big deal, and whenever you remember to reschedule it, you’ll do just that, but it can be a bigger deal than you may think and can impact your treatment.
Why Orthodontic Appointments Are Important
Seeing your orthodontist regularly is imperative to the success of your treatment with braces, invisalign or any other product available today. Not only does your orthodontist need to monitor your progress, they may also need to adjust your braces or your treatment overall to continue to move your teeth effectively. When you miss an appointment, it can impact your treatment plan more than you think. It’s even worse if you make this a habit, as this can cause a longer duration of treatment.
What to Do if You Miss an Appointment
Don’t panic, but also don’t forget about rescheduling it. As soon as you realize you’ve missed your orthodontic appointment, be sure to make it a priority to reschedule. You don’t want to wait too long to do this because your appointments are carefully planned out to maximize your success with treatment. When you see your orthodontist for the first time, they begin to craft a treatment plan especially for you, and this includes follow-up visits.
Call your orthodontist’s office and explain what happened. Then, see when the next appointment is available so you can get back on track with your treatment.
What if I miss an appointment over the summer?
If you are planning on taking a vacation in summer, we ask that you let us know ahead of time so that we may schedule your summer appointments more efficiently. We also encourage patients and their parents to be proactive in determining when they make their summer appointments.
If you will be gone for an extended period (more than six weeks), we recommend you visit Noorani Orthodontics prior to leaving and schedule another visit shortly after your return. Lastly, please remember not to indulge in hard, sticky, and chewy treats while enjoying your vacation. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about your adventures!
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