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Factors That Determine How Long You’ll Need Braces For

Posted on September 19, 2022

When it comes to traditional braces, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, most people who get braces will wear them for 1-3 years. However, the length of time you’ll need to wear them depends on several factors, including the severity of your case, your age, and the type of braces you choose. This article will look closely at five factors that determine how long you’ll need braces. By the end, you’ll better understand what to expect from orthodontic treatment.

1. The Severity of Your Bite Issue

If you have a minor bite issue, you may only need to wear braces for six months to a year. However, if you have a more severe problem, such as an overbite or underbite, you may need to wear them for two to three years.

2. The Type of Braces – Traditional Braces, Invisalign or Others

One of the main factors that determine how long you’ll need braces is the type of braces you choose. Traditional braces are typically worn for a longer period than invisible aligners. The main reason for this is that they tend to treat more severe issues. That being said, some newer types of braces, such as self-ligating braces and Damon braces, are designed to be worn for less time. If you’re looking to get braces off sooner, be sure to ask your orthodontist about these options.

3. Your Age

Children and teenagers typically respond more quickly to orthodontic treatment than adults because their bones are still growing, and their teeth are more pliable. As a result, they often only need to wear traditional braces for one to two years. Adults, on the other hand, may need to wear them for two to three years and sometimes even longer.

4. Your Cooperation

Following your orthodontist’s instructions is crucial if you want to achieve the best possible results from your treatment. This means wearing your braces as prescribed and attending all of your scheduled appointments. If you’re not cooperative, treatment may take longer.

5. Your Orthodontist

Lastly, the orthodontist treating you plays a part in determining how long you’ll need to wear braces. Some orthodontists are more conservative in their approach and recommend longer treatment times, while others are more aggressive and favor shorter treatment times. Your orthodontist will give you an estimated timeline before you start treatment.

Now that you know the main factors that determine how long a person will need to wear braces, you can start thinking about when you or your child should get started. To learn more, or if you’re ready to take the next step, contact our expert team at Silver Smiles.


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