A Healthy Smile requires a Partnership between You, your Orthodontist, and your Dentist
Dr. Douglas Barden is an orthodontist who specializes in the movement of teeth and dentofacial development. Orthodontists complete an additional 2 to 3 years of training after having completed dental school (DDS). As an Orthodontist, Dr. Barden provides the expertise to straighten your teeth and align your jaws.
While in Dr. Barden’s care he will work in close cooperation with you and your family dentist to ensure the development of a healthy, beautiful smile. Your dentist will continue to monitor that your teeth and gums stay clean and healthy. Dental hygiene is especially important during orthodontic treatment as it can be more difficult to keep teeth clean while in braces.
What is the patient’s role?
- It is essential that patients (you!) follow your dentist’s instructions on how to keep your teeth clean and visit every six months for a dental cleaning (or more often as instructed).
- You must also follow Dr. Barden’s instructions and wear your appliances and bands as instructed so that your teeth and jaws move in the way desired and on schedule.
- It is important that you avoid hard and sticky foods that can damage your orthodontic appliances. Broken brackets and bent wires will slow down treatment progress.
If you have questions be sure to ask Dr. Douglas Barden or his staff in their Whitefish Bay, WI office.