If you are considering getting your teeth aligned, then probably the most burning question in your head might be – “How long will it take to straighten my teeth?”
The answer to this question is not quite straightforward as you may think. All of us have different bony and teeth anatomy. The length of treatment depends on the severity of misalignments, such as crowding, spacing, bite problems, and the treatment option you choose. In most cases, adults who opt for teeth straightening usually take more time as their jaw has finished growing and the bone is not as malleable as it is in childhood.
Orthodontic treatments shift the position of your teeth, which are set in the jaw bone, into correct alignment using precise forces. The teeth have the tendency to relapse and move back to their original position. Any undue force can damage the teeth and the bone. Therefore, these treatments have to be undertaken gradually over some time to ensure safety and allow the teeth to settle into their new positions.
In addition, the method of teeth correction, be it a clear aligner, ceramic braces, or traditional aligners, may also dictate the length of your treatment. Other factors such as patient compliance, oral hygiene, and how regular you are with follow-ups will also influence the time it takes to straighten your teeth in Wilmington.
In the majority of cases, you can get your teeth perfectly aligned within 6-18 months. In cases of severe teeth and bony malalignments, it may take longer. A board-certified orthodontist is the best person to tell you how long your treatment will take. So, if you'd like to know more about getting your straightened or wish to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us at Wilmington Orthodontic Center. Our team of excellent orthodontic professionals is here to assist you with a well-aligned and bright smile.