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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Factors That May Limit Orthodontic Treatment Outcomes

by Myrtle Banks

Some orthodontic patients may not get the results that they expect after undergoing orthodontic treatment due to several limiting factors. Below are some of the limiting factors that may prevent you from attaining your orthodontic treatment goals.

Delays in Starting Treatment

You may be unable to attain the goals that you want to achieve when you undergo orthodontic treatment if you take too long before undergoing the treatment. For example, your prominent teeth may sustain extensive damage in case you delay undergoing treatment to rectify the issue. Such delays can also result in damage that might be hard to reverse in future.

Lack of Adherence to Treatment Advice

You can also have poor orthodontic treatment outcomes in case your level of compliance with the treatment conditions is poor. For example, the treatment outcomes can be compromised when you fail to maintain proper oral hygiene while you are wearing braces. Poor oral hygiene may trigger the development of gum diseases that can cause your teeth to become loose. Consequently, the loose teeth may be unable to stay in the new positions the dentist has placed them.

Pretreatment Agreements

Orthodontists usually assess a patient and discuss the realistic goals that can be attained if that patient underwent specific treatment options. The treatment option that is selected will often depend on several factors, such as the ability of the patient to secure funds for the treatment. Consequently, you may choose a treatment plan that will offer limited results while you look for more money to undergo additional treatment. For example, your ultimate goal to get a better smile may be limited by your inability to pay for the orthodontic surgery that you may require in addition to wearing braces.

Medical Complications

An orthodontist may also be unable to recommend any treatment options that may not be safe for you due to an underlying medical complication. For instance, the orthodontist may be unable to conduct surgery on your jaw in case you are undergoing complex treatment for diabetes. Other aspects of your treatment, such as giving you braces, may continue as you wait to undergo jaw surgery. Those few treatment components may be unable to give you the results that you want.

As such, several extraneous factors may make it hard for you to attain your objectives when you undergo orthodontic treatment. Discuss your dental problems with your orthodontist so that a way can be found to improve your treatment outcomes.