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How Long Do Braces Take: What to Expect When Getting Them


You’ve been told you need braces or maybe you are considering seeking treatment to improve your smile. The idea may  be a thrilling or terrible thought depending on how much you know about modern orthodontics. The big question that most patients ask is: how long will you have to wear braces?

What is the Average Time for Braces?

The average time to wear braces is 18 months, but there are many factors that influence this time including age, the type of braces, how well you take care of them, and what the treatment is.

The latter is the most crucial factor to decide how long you wear braces. Some people may only need a slight correction to their mouths, while others may need more work.

The second most important factor, aside from age and type of braces, is how well you look after your braces and oral hygiene. It is important to listen to your orthodontist’s instructions on how to properly care for them. Wearing your elastics and attending your scheduled orthodontic appointments will keep you on schedule and not draw out the process.

Your orthodontist will be able to give a better estimate based on the  type of treatment. CBCT scan or x-rays, facial and intraoral photographs, models of teeth and comprehensive clinical examination will be used to diagnose what treatments are needed. Using the information from them and experience of your orthodontist will determine the estimation of treatment time.

While your teeth may not seem too bad, your orthodontist may find underlying issues that need to be fixed. The two main objectives to orthodontic care is aligning the teeth and occlusion. Alignment is a problem that is easier to see and to fix, but occlusion is not readily visible and more difficult to treat. If you have minor problems, it may only take a short amount of time for your braces to correct them.


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