How long will I have to wear my braces?

10 May
How long will I have to wear my braces?

Adults opting for teeth straightening are often more concerned about the treatment time as it can affect how they feel and look. One of the first questions my patients ask me during their initial appointment often happens to be - How long will I have to wear my braces? So, let us answer this question for you all. 

On average, it takes around 24 months for complete teeth straightening. After the active phase, our orthodontist will prescribe you a retainer. The amount of time you will be required to wear a retainer will depend on individual cases and needs.

It is important to note that orthodontic treatments will vary for different people; for some, it may take more than 24 months, whereas some cases may get completed within a year. Many factors influence the duration of your treatment, such as:

  1. Type

Thanks to the advancing technology, you can now choose the type of orthodontic treatment. You can opt for conventional metal braces, ceramic braces, or clear braces. The kind of treatment you choose will also influence the duration of your treatment. Metal braces are robust and can dissipate higher forces compared to ceramic braces and Invisalign. 

  1. Age 

Younger patients (children and teenagers) have more pliable bones, which respond more actively to orthodontic forces. Therefore, children tend to get faster results as compared to adults. 

  1. Case complexity 

Mild spacing/crowding can be fixed in a year or so, but complex cases such as severe crowding, underbites, and skeletal malalignments will take more time for correction.

  1. Patient compliance 

If you have opted for orthodontic treatment, you must follow your doctor's instructions for a successful treatment outcome. Maintain proper hygiene, wear your rubber bands and come in for regularly scheduled appointments. Any delay or mismanagement will delay the case, thus prolonging the duration. 

If you have any more questions, please reach out to us at Wilmington Orthodontic Center. Our team is here to assist you in your journey to a vibrant smile.