How Long Does it Take to Wear Braces?

The minimum time to wear braces can vary greatly, depending on the severity of the misalignment and the type of treatment used. Generally speaking, a traditional fixed brace will be used for a period of between six months and two years. Removable orthodontic appliances may take less time, but they are often used before and after treatment with a fixed brace. On average, it takes about 24 months to complete orthodontic treatment, but some patients require less than 12 months while others may need up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position.

The only way to ensure that your teeth remain straight after any type of braces is to continue wearing a retainer at least once a week for as long as possible. An alternative option is to join the teeth in their new position. Taking good care of your teeth, brushing your teeth and flossing regularly, and attending every orthodontist appointment can help improve treatment and reduce the treatment time needed. If patients never wear the retainer and have their Invisalign removed for extended periods, the treatment period will vary considerably.

An orthodontist may also recommend palate expanders for children and, together with a helmet, can significantly shorten average treatment times. Sometimes you'll have to wear braces for up to two years if you have a serious misalignment. If a patient's teeth have serious alignment problems, treatment with braces in conjunction with jaw alignment can significantly increase treatment time. Transparent braces sold by mail order are not approved by the American Dental Association, but they can be more expensive and expensive if minor adjustments are required. When you see your orthodontist for the first time, he or she will always tell you the estimated duration of your treatment.

They'll explain the procedure to you step by step and prepare you for when it's time to remove your orthodontic appliances. While any orthodontic treatment requires commitment, the rewards are worth it and last a lifetime. So, while I can't tell you for sure the exact length of treatment for your specific case, I can explain the factors that influence the amount of time you'll need to wear dental appliances.

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