Banksy, the provocative street artist, once ran afoul of animal rights advocates for painting an elephant the same pattern as the wallpaper of the “room” it occupied. Banksy seemed to be trying to evoke the notion that some things are understood but rarely addressed verbally; the proverbial “elephant in the room”.
Orthodontics has its very own “elephant”. Our elephant is Compliance. Compliance is defined as “the act or process of complying to a desire, demand, proposal, or regimen or to coercion” ( external source ). Our elephant can make an orthodontist look like a hero or a fool. An orthodontic treatment regimen’s success is often dictated by the patient undergoing the treatment.
Simply put – we need your help.
We need your help to show up to appointments. We need your help to eat your food carefully (and avoid knocking off brackets). We need your help to call us as soon as anything breaks or goes missing. We need your help wearing aligners or rubber-bands (elastics). We need your help to monitor progress and alert us if something isn’t following (or tracking) along as we expect. We need your help to wear retainers after treatment is completed or while awaiting a second phase. We especially need your help to practice good oral hygiene and to brush and floss extremely well during treatment. We need your help to continue to see your dentist and to coordinate with our office to remove and insert wires for cleaning appointments.
Regardless of which type of treatment you select or how long your treatment lasts, please understand that our success will be a team effort. We only succeed with the sum-total of our efforts (patient, doctor, assistant, front-desk, and general dentist office too)!
Let’s make your treatment a success – together we can do it!