The treatment time provided during the initial consultation is only an estimate. Because each patient’s growth rate is different, their response to treatment varies. Dr. Hansen has established specific goals for each patient and will usually continue treatment until the goals are reached. However, patient compliance is the best indicator that treatment will remain on schedule. Patients who wear rubber bands and other appliances as instructed, and handle appliances with care to ensure they are not damaged, will most often finish treatment on time and achieve excellent results. The majority of patients complete treatment on time. Should there be any delay, we will notify you well in advance.