How Long Does It Take to Straighten My Teeth with Braces?

February 13, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — sachsedentalteam @ 11:34 pm
Lady smiles with braces

Braces are a tried-and-proven way to straighten teeth into healthier and more beautiful arrangements. They have been used to realign the smiles of millions of patients and can effectively treat even complex cases. However, they require the patient to make a significant commitment of time and effort to be successful, so it’s understandable if you’d like to know just how long you can expect to wear them before you schedule an orthodontic appointment. Here’s a brief guide to how long treatment with braces can last.

How Long Do Braces Take?

The length of a braces treatment depends on factors like age, the complexity of the case, and the patient’s commitment to maintenance and hygiene. Patients with severe alignment issues usually must wear their braces for longer than those with minor problems. Your orthodontist will be able to give you a qualified estimate of how long your treatment will take after a thorough exam and evaluation of your mouth. While the average length of time spent wearing braces is about eighteen months, many patients must wear them for two years or more.

How Can I Make My Braces Treatment Shorter?

Depending on your situation, you may be able to make your braces treatment shorter with excellent maintenance and hygiene. Complying with all of your orthodontist’s instructions is the best way to help your treatment go smoothly, so carefully brushing, flossing, and cleaning your teeth and braces every day can prevent infections that can cause delays in treatment. Wearing your rubber bands or other appliances as instructed will also help your treatment progress as quickly as possible.

Patients should be equally concerned about preserving the results of their treatments as they are about helping them be as short as possible. Wearing your retainer as instructed after getting your braces off will prevent your teeth from shifting back out of place, preserving the hard-won results of your orthodontic treatment.

Braces are generally considered the most effective way to straighten out a smile. Consulting with your dentist can determine if any orthodontic treatments are right for you.

About the Author

Dr. Travis Rottman earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry and has additional training and experience in laser dentistry and same-day dental care. He has earned Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry and completes several hours of advanced training annually. His office in Sachse, TX offers general, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry as well as orthodontic treatments. To learn more about what traditional braces can do for you, contact the office online or dial (972) 848-0073.

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.