How long do you have to wear braces?

Orthodontic treatment with braces usually takes between one to three years to complete.

If you have misaligned teeth and would like to resolve the issue, you might consider an orthodontic treatment. Braces are an effective option and can be used to resolve a broad range of problems, including complex bite-related issues. But how long can you expect to wear braces once your treatment has begun? The reality is that the duration of orthodontic treatment varies from patient to patient, and the exact amount of time that you will need to wear braces will depend on a few factors, including the severity of the concern that you are having treated, as well as your aesthetic goals. Read on to find out more about how long braces usually take and what could affect the length of your treatmentā€¦

How long do braces take?  

Although every patient is different, braces usually take between one and three years to achieve the desired result. A few factors can influence the exact duration of your treatment. The extent of your misalignment, for example, will have an impact on the length of your orthodontic treatment. In the case of severely crooked teeth, for example, some teeth may need to be extracted before braces are fitted in order to create more space in oneā€™s mouth.

The way in which your jaws align will also impact the duration of your treatment. If you have a bite-related issue, such as an open bite, deep bite, underbite or cross bite, you may need to wear braces for longer than someone who simply has misaligned teeth.

What types of braces are available?

Braces are available in a number of forms, including traditional metal braces and lingual braces.

Metal braces are attached directly to the teeth and are tightened every few weeks. They work by applying pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into new positions. Lingual braces work in much the same way, but are attached to the backs of the teeth for a more discreet appearance.

An alternative to braces, clear aligners are also an effective orthodontic solution. They usually require a shorter treatment time when compared to traditional or lingual braces, but are not always an appropriate option when it comes to resolving severe alignment or bite-related problems.  

What can you do to ensure good results?

When you have your braces fitted, your orthodontist will let you know how long you can expect your treatment to take. Although certain factors are out of your control, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your treatment plan stays on track and that you achieve your desired results.

It is important that you avoid certain foods as advised by your orthodontist. Foods that are particularly hard, sticky and crunchy can cause damage to your braces, which can lead to treatment delays.

You should also see your orthodontist for regular adjustments and check-ups. Any issues can be identified and resolved at these appointments. Be sure to follow any instructions that your orthodontist gives you regarding oral hygiene habits, as well as how to protect your braces whilst playing sports.

How can we help?

At Berwick Orthodontic Specialists, we offer a range of orthodontic solutions, including braces. We offer metal braces, ceramic braces, and gold braces. The type that you choose will depend on your particular needs and preferences. If you are considering braces and would like to know more about what to expect from the process, please take a look here.

We also offer a number of other orthodontic services, including clear aligners, lingual braces, orthodontic appliances, childrenā€™s orthodontics, and surgical orthodontic treatment. To see our full list of services, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please donā€™t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on (03) 9212 0217. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and helping to improve your overall oral health.