How long does it take?
Once the braces are fitted on your teeth, you need to visit the orthodontist once a month, on an average. In some cases, the braces can be designed & adjusted such that you need to visit the doctor at longer intervals. Patients undergoing treatment with transparent aligners are classic examples.
The amount of time spent with braces will vary depending on severity of orthodontic problem and age of the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. You will be informed by your orthodontist before treatment starts at the DTC session, but standard cases take minimum 12 months of active treatment time.
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
1. Early treatment – Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment, and in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait until they are older to receive treatment. When undergoing two stage treatment, while the active treatment may be less, the follow up is important & continued all through at regular intervals between the two stages.
2. What needs correction – The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete their treatment; it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect.
3. YOU! – Your willingness to use the appliances orthodontist gives you, plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
DURING THE COURSE OF THE TREATMENT you’ll have to get a general dental check up done with the general dentist, once every 4 to 6 months, to ensure that the gums around the braces remain healthy & that no cavities develop on the teeth or around the braces. Dental complications can add to the orthodontic treatment time