Successful orthodontic treatment requires a cooperative effort between the doctor and the patient (and the parent if the patient is younger). The doctor provides the expertise, the treatment plan, and the appliances to straighten the teeth and align the jaws. The patient must follow the instructions carefully so that the teeth move properly and on schedule. Those patients who brush thoroughly, avoid hard or sticky foods, wear their rubber bands and appliances as instructed, and keep their appointments, usually finish treatment on time and with good results. Regular visits to the family dentist must continue during orthodontic treatment because routine dental care and fluoridation are important. Proper nutrition is also essential.