How long should orthodontic treatment take?

“My coworker only had braces for 6 months…” “My son had to have them for 2 years…” It’s important to understand that treatment time varies on a case-by-case basis. People pursue orthodontics for several reasons that you may not be aware of, hence one reason for the different treatment times. Anytime you see advertisements for “6 month braces” let that be a warning sign. Short treatment like this typically only allows for minimal changes and is not a long-term solution. Six months is not enough time to move the teeth along with their roots into the right place. There are procedures for moving teeth faster; however you will want to get all the information you can about what exactly that will involve. Twenty-four months can seem like a long time, but rather than the newer “fast” approaches, this is commonly safer and more accurate.

Another thing to take into consideration is that there can always be different phases of treatment. Simple straightening of the teeth at a young age can be completed in a shorter amount of time. It is more than likely not a long term solution and is for minimal changes such as to boost self-confidence or for several different reasons.

The average treatment time for a teen or adult is 24 months. Actual treatment time is affected by development and severity of the correction necessary and most importantly patient compliance. Keeping your regular scheduled appointments is imperative to staying on track with your treatment time. You want to also keep up good oral hygiene and follow closely to any instructions that are given by your Orthodontist.

As always, consult with your orthodontic specialist to get your answers based on his or her evaluation of your specific needs.

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