One of the most common questions from patients is how long they will need to wear orthodontic appliances. The answer varies depending on a few factors, such as the type of orthopedic appliance, maintenance procedures, diet, and age. Generally, braces take two to three years to provide the desired results for adults. However, this is the maximum time and it can be shorter if the patient follows the dentist's instructions and takes good care of their braces.
Orthodontic appliances can not only fix crooked teeth, but also address other dental issues like bone and gum loss, abnormal wear of tooth enamel, headaches, jaw pain, and tooth decay. It is important to understand that brushing your teeth with braces is difficult but essential. Ceramic braces are less visible than metal braces as they use tooth-colored braces and arched wires. Lingual braces (placed on the inside of the teeth) are also popular among adults as they are almost invisible.
The minimum time to wear braces is a few months for minor orthodontic problems like crooked teeth or spacing issues. On the other hand, lingual braces require more appointments and longer periods of time for progress check-ups and adjustments. The patient's age plays a minor role in affecting the duration of orthopedic appliance use in adults. If you want to know how long you will need to wear braces, make an appointment at The Orthodontists by calling (0) 9364 8020 or book an appointment online.
You can wear braces at any age and it is now more common than ever before. The four main factors that influence patients' orthodontic treatment time are age, complexity of the case, compliance, and type of orthodontic appliances used.