Orthodontic treatment is a team effort. The orthodontist and his staff suggest an orthodontic game plan, put in place the necessary equipment to play the orthodontic game, and coach the players. But frequently the orthodontist and staff can't participate as much as they would like in playing, or even directing the course of the game. The patient and family are the most important members of the orthodontic team!
Who will be responsible on your team for your cooperation in wearing appliances (various kinds of braces and retainers? And for proper cleaning (brushing and flossing) of your teeth and gums?