How Long Will You Be in Braces?

How Long Will You Be in Braces?One of the most common questions we get from our patients is “How long will I need to wear my braces?” Unfortunately, there is no set answer, as each case is unique!

However, there are a few important factors that can help determine a timeframe you may be wearing braces for. These factors include your age and the severity of your case, but it’s important to note, estimated times may change depending on progress. Response time to treatment is often unpredictable.

Primary Treatment Times and Factors

The most crucial factor that will help determine how long you’ll be in braces is the severity of your case. Your orthodontist must take into consideration how much room there is for teeth to maneuver, how far your teeth need to move to meet the desired goal, your overall mouth health (including teeth, gum, and bone strength), and of course, how well you follow instructions for care outside of the dental office.

Research shows that the earlier any issues are identified and treated, the shorter the treatment time would be. Braces tend to be worn on average for a period between one and three years for comprehensive treatment. Once you’ve completed your treatment plan, you may be required to wear a retainer or have some other form of follow up treatment. This is usually to aid in maintaining results.

Good Dental Hygiene

Patients who maintain good dental hygiene and follow all instructions provided by their orthodontist may even cut down their time in braces. Good dental hygiene prior to getting braces will usually mean that the teeth, gums, and bones are strong and in good health, which will make the process easier.

Type of Braces

There are a few common options for braces available, including standard metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Different types of braces require a different treatment plan and aftercare. This may affect how long you have braces, especially if home care instructions are not followed accurately. It is also possible that there may be damage to braces over time and repairs may be required. In both cases, you may have to wear them for a bit longer.

Your Orthodontist Makes a Difference

Regardless of the severity of your case, choosing Cool Smiles Orthodontics will make all the difference. We have a highly trained, qualified, friendly, and experienced orthodontics team.

We do our best to work with you to ensure that you completely understand your treatment plan. Before starting your treatment, we will teach you how best to adjust to wearing braces and caring for them. To beautifully align your teeth in the shortest time frame possible, book an appointment with Cool Smiles Orthodontics today!

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1130 N. Pepper Ave., Suite C, Colton, CA 92324

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31577 Canyon Estates Dr., Ste. 215, Lake Elsinore, CA 92532

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13297 Jamboree Road, Tustin, CA 92782

Ph: 714.730.6600

Fax: 714.730.6082

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