One of the first questions asked by many patients facing braces is “How long will I be wearing these?” Unfortunately, there’s no one right answer to this question. Various factors can influence the treatment timeline, including the complexity of the patient’s case and the specific intervention used.
Furthermore, the initial timeline predicted by the orthodontist may change if the teeth shift more slowly or quickly than expected. Depending on the patient’s needs, other specialists, such as oral surgeons or periodontists may need to perform other procedures as part of the overarching orthodontic treatment plan.
Orthodontics works based on principles of physics. Forces are applied to the teeth in specific ways that are designed to move the teeth into their proper positions. This process must have adequate time to unfold and cannot be rushed.
Various factors can influence the treatment timeline, including the complexity of the patient’s case and the specific intervention used.
Patients with relatively minor misalignments may be able to have the appliances removed more quickly than those with highly complex cases, such as people with severe crowding of significantly crooked teeth.
Today’s patients have a variety of options for their orthodontics. They can choose conventional braces or new Invisalign technology. The method used will also influence the amount of time the patient is in treatment. Most patients will see their time in braces last between 12-24 months. For less complex cases, including those that can be treated with Invisalign, the time in treatment can be less than 1 year.
Invisalign also has minimal impact on the smile’s appearance during treatment, which also makes it appealing to many patients.
Without knowing the specifics of your case, it’s impossible to give you a timeframe for your orthodontic treatment. Schedule a consultation in which our skilled and dedicated team of orthodontists can examine your teeth and take x-rays and impressions, and you can get a better idea of what you can expect from treatment.