Braces Duration: How Long They’re On For

Treatment Length

Braces take time, it’s not something that you do in 6 months, and you’re done. Every person is different and the duration changes from one person to another. No two patients are the same, and the duration will always differ.

The average treatment duration is 1-2 years on average

You’ll be visiting your orthodontist every 4-6 weeks for adjustments. These adjustments help your teeth in continuing to move to their desired position. By continually changing your wires, elastics and even springs, you’ll be on course to finish on the estimated duration.

Factors Influencing The Duration

Many variables will determine how long it will take for your brackets to do their job and produce the desired results, these include:

  • Your case and dental situation
  • Age
  • Oral Health
  • How much your teeth need to be moved
  • How well the patient follows instructions
  • How experienced your orthodontist is
  • The treatment plan laid out
  • How well your teeth respond (age affects this factor)

After Braces

When you get your braces, your orthodontist will give you an estimation of how long it will take. This estimated number depends on both your case and the average that other people with similar problems take to finish. Their estimation might be less or more than you end up requiring, but that’s because your teeth might move slower or faster than expected. Some people have large bone density, which means they’ll move slower than the average person. If you have a complicated situation whereby you have an overbite that requires surgery, and one of your teeth hasn’t cut through, and your oral health is dire; It might take longer than expected to finish, but it will be well worth it.

Another thing to discuss is that the duration doesn’t only mean when brackets are on. After you’re finished with braces, you are still technically in treatment because you have to wear a retainer. You must wear your retainer to hold your smile in place. When the brackets are taken off, you’ll still have to come into your orthodontist’s office once in a while.  Your orthodontist will do a fast check up to make sure your smile is healthy and still in place. This is done because sometimes changes can happen without you being aware, so it helps to stop any problem before it happens. You’ll be going in once every 3-6 months.