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.