As discussed in our previous letter regarding broken orthodontic brackets/orthodontic devices, you continue to have a greater than average bracket failure rate. Please keep in mind that if this continues, treatment time will be lengthened.
Subsequently, with each broken bracket or other orthodontic devices that are being deliberately tampered with/broken, there will be a charge of $50 going forward to repair each device.
At Adventure Orthodontics we strive for excellent treatment outcomes. Part of that success comes from maintaining a high percent of successful bracket adhesion to teeth. Each broken bracket represents a potential 6-8 week delay in treatment due to the fact that treatment cannot progress.
We consistently track our bracket bonding success percentages. The industry standard for bracket failure rate is approximately 8-10 percent. In our offices we consistently have bracket failure rates of less than 3 percent! We also understand that accidents can happen, and that often there exists a learning curve on eating and chewing once new braces are placed. With each patient, we expect within reason to have a certain number of broken brackets.
Please call if you have any questions.
Layne K McCord, DMD, MS, MS
Matthew S. McCoy, DDS, MS