One question we receive more than any other is, how long do braces take? The exact treatment time of braces will vary from patient to patient, due to the huge variances in the severity of the orthodontic diagnosis, the size of the jaw and the room available, the health of the teeth and gums and, of course, how well the patient is willing to follow instructions.
That said, most orthodontic treatments requiring wire braces will last from one to three years. Of course, once treatment is complete, you’ll still need to wear a retainer full-time for up to six months and then at night for years to come. Your retainer will help ensure that your teeth do not move back to their prior positions.
It may seem like you have to wear braces forever, but we find that most of our patients adjust quickly to the lifestyle changes required by orthodontic treatment. Most braces patients feel a bit of discomfort when the braces are initially applied. This discomfort may continue whenever the braces are adjusted or tightened. That’s because your teeth are moving – which is a good thing! Mild painkillers like Tylenol or Advil can help any soreness you may have.
As we said before, one of the factors contributing to how long braces take is how well you follow instructions. This is absolutely vital to a timely and successful treatment! Following instructions during your first treatment can eliminate the need for subsequent treatments. Before applying your braces, we’ll help you understand how to take care of your teeth and your braces in order to achieve the results you want. Among these instructions is a list of foods you should not eat with braces. These include hard and chewy candies, popcorn, ice, hard nuts, pretzels, ribs and several other foods. We’ll also teach you the correct way to clean your teeth and your appliances to make sure that your oral hygiene is not compromised during your treatment. How long do braces take? Scheduling a free consultation is the best way to get all of your questions about orthodontic treatment answered. Call us today at (702) 403-5288.