How Long Does It Take For Braces To Straighten Teeth?

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How long does it take to straighten teeth with braces?

Waiting is tough. You want your new smile today!

But it takes a while to move misaligned teeth into their proper position. Most men and women wear braces from 18 to 36 months.

Orthodontists counsel moms and dads to correct dental dilemmas when their child is young. After their jaw is full grown, treatment may take longer.

But every mouth is different.

What factors influence the treatment time?

  • The type of braces used
  • How well the patient follows the orthodontist’s instructions regarding foods to avoid
  • The distance the teeth must be moved
  • The amount of room available in the mouth
  • The condition of the teeth
  • The health of the gums and jawbone

Keep all your appointments during treatment. Your orthodontist will make sure the braces are working like they should. They will check the wires, springs or rubber bands to exert the proper amount of pressure on the teeth.

How to make sure orthodontic treatment is successful

Since orthodontia can cost from $2,000 to $8,000, protect your investment by following your orthodontist’s instructions.

  • Have your braces adjusted to the schedule
  • Avoid off-limits foods (hard, sticky, or chewy foods)
  • Make an appointment to have your braces corrected if something breaks

When the braces have moved the teeth into place, the patient may need to use a retainer to keep them there. If the patient doesn’t wear the retainer as prescribed, you should expect gradual movement of the teeth.

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8101 Hinson Farm Rd Ste 114
Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria dentists, Dr. James Geren and Dr. Zeyad Mady, of Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, provide provide exceptional cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry, family dentistry and more for the Alexandria and Mount Vernon, VA area, including the communities of Old Town, Woodbridge, Newington, Franconia, Rose Hill, Lorton, Huntington, Fort Belvoir and Groveton, Virginia and zip codes 22306, 22308, and 22309.
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