Orthodontic treatment is a process of straightening teeth and correcting misaligned bites. It is a common procedure for both children and adults, and the average time of wearing orthodontic appliances is between 1 and 3 years. However, the exact duration of treatment depends on several factors, such as age, the complexity of the case, compliance, and the type of orthodontic appliances used. Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic appliance used to correct misaligned teeth.
On average, it takes about two years to complete orthodontic treatment with metal braces. However, some patients may require less than 12 months, while others may need up to 3 years of treatment before their teeth reach the desired position. Invisalign and other solid aligners are becoming increasingly popular among adults due to their discreet appearance. These braces use high pressure to provide fast results and can be worn for a few months if you have a minor dental problem.
On average, Invisalign treatment takes 6 to 18 months to straighten your teeth. It is important to note that some patients may think that they just need to close a gap, but treatment in less than six months is quite rare. What some patients may not see or don't know is if their bite is properly aligned, if the airway is wide open, or if the palate is properly formed. These are the hidden diseases that can affect oral and systemic health in the long term.
If you are considering using braces and want to know how long you can expect your treatment to last, make an appointment with an experienced orthodontist such as Dr. Razdolsky. He will review your orthodontic history and show you examples of braces, transparent aligners, or any appliances that may be included in the prescribed treatment. It is also important to remember that proper care of your orthodontic appliances at home, at school or at work is essential for successful treatment.
Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team have information that can help you understand the best way to care for your braces. In conclusion, orthodontic treatment time varies from patient to patient depending on several factors such as age, complexity of the case, compliance, and type of orthodontic appliances used. On average, it takes about two years with metal braces or 6-18 months with Invisalign to complete orthodontic treatment for adults.