How long should I wear braces?

After the initial question why get braces is asked, most people jump to their next pressing question: how long do you need to wear them?

This is a question that every orthodontist hears just about daily, but it’s a very valid curiosity and concern. Paired with the expensive of braces and the additional attention your teeth will require with them on, you want to feel that the length is doable and won’t put too much stress on your oral hygiene routine for too long.

Unfortunately, committing to braces is a long term decision, and once they’re on, you’re in it for good. The benefits of getting braces greatly outweigh the cons, but if you’re concerned about the duration of how long you’ll need to wear them, this informational blog can help clear up any questions.

How Long Will You Need Braces?

Everyone is different, so no patient care plan for your braces will be exactly the same.  Many factors are considered when you’re getting braces, and each of these detimiring items will reflect on the length you’ll wear them.

Some of the biggest aspects that come into play when considering the duration include:

  • The patient’s age
  • The extent of misaligned teeth
  • Preexisting skeletal & dental issues

Once all 3 of these things are considered, a more accurate time length can be assigned to your personal orthodontic case. Don’t walk into your appointment with any expectations, but instead remain open to all of your options and be willing to work with your orthodontist when it comes to your treatment plan.

The Average Time Length For Wearing Braces

Typically, a rough estimate of 20-23 months is given when it comes to a time period for wearing your braces. Some of the lucky few will be able to get their issues fully handled with braces in a year or less, but no shorter than a 6-month time period. These cases aren’t as common as those which take a year or more, but it can happen, especially if the procedure is done for more cosmetic and personal reasons than major dental needs.

You can usually expect to wear your braces no longer than a maximum of 3 years. While this does sound like an alarmingly long time to have metal over your teeth, keep in mind this is the worst case scenario.

Two years, give or take, is a much more accurate idea of the length this braces process will take for you.

Alternatives To Traditional Braces

Though for many years traditional wire braces have been the answer to most placement problems with teeth, a more recent treatment has been gaining steady popularity. Invisalign, though a bit more expensive, offers a quicker and less invasive treatment.

It’s a quicker, less painful process and has less of an effect on your life. Plus, the design of them is nearly invisible, so it’s a discreet solution to avoiding the bulky, obvious appearance of traditional wire braces. Discuss with your orthodontist if Invisalign may be a better solution for you.

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