How Long Do Braces Take?


Braces! Teeth straightening takes a while, but the good thing is, when you finally get the ever-craved smile you have always wanted, you will realize that the time you spent was worth it.

Teeth straightening is an orthodontic process. It involves moving the teeth by gently applying pressure to the teeth with either fixed braces or removable aligners. The process helps to remodel the bones below the gumline of the affected teeth so that the teeth move to a better and new position.

The teeth respond to light force so, if the teeth straightening process exerts too much force to move the teeth rapidly, the teeth will resist and, the treatment will be uncomfortable.

How to straighten the teeth quickly

Ideally, straightening the teeth takes about 12 – 18 months but, some short term orthodontic treatments last for about 4 – 6 months.

The short term orthodontic treatment uses the same technique other braces use to move the teeth, but it only focuses on moving the front teeth so the process can be faster. If your back teeth are properly aligned, you may opt for the short term orthodontic treatment, and your new smile will be gotten within six months.

You can use short term orthodontic treatment if you have used braces in the past, but your teeth are gradually shifting to its former position. You may also opt for hidden lingual braces or Invisalign aligners.

How long will treatment take?

You can only know for sure how long your treatment will take during your consultation with your dentist, although, some braces offer short treatment time than others in some instances. For example, Invisalign London corrects open bite faster than fixed braces. Invisalign also offers faster treatment in some cases as each set of aligners can be switched with a new one every week as opposed to the regular two weeks.

Treatment with Invisalign involves a 3D plan which shows the result of each of the treatment stages and how long each stage will last.

How to avoid delays during your Invisalign treatment

Your treatment time can be estimated, and the estimated time is usually correct, but some factors may cause a delay in your treatment. To avoid the delay,

  • Ensure that you attend all your orthodontic check-ups
  • Wear your attachments as your orthodontist instructs you to
  • Keep your teeth clean and healthy
  • Wear your removable aligners for about 22 hours every day
  • Avoid anything that could break your braces

Your treatment may also be delayed if, along the line, your orthodontist decides to make a few changes to enhance the outcome of your smile.

Techniques to move the teeth faster

Some methods are available that help move the teeth faster. They include:

  • Vibrational forces

Some micropulse devices claim to straighten the teeth faster. They do so by stimulating the remodeling of the bone. This method has a lot of controversies, and there is insufficient research to support its effectiveness.

  • Photobiomodulation

Photobiomodulation (PBM) uses light pulses to aid the increase of blood flow which is claimed to speed up the movement of the teeth. This method also has limited evidence to support the claim.

  • Localized trauma

Localized trauma involves surgical treatments such as corticotomy and precision. These surgical procedures involve making small cuts to the bone surrounding the teeth to move faster. The downside of this method is that the result is inconclusive, and because of this, orthodontists advise against it.

The severity of your misalignment influences how long your treatment will take but, with a qualified orthodontist and good treatment plan, your teeth straightening will not exceed the required time.

Contact our dentist for Invisalign near me to know how long your Invisalign treatment will take. You can also contact London Braces on 020 37457520 to know all about Invisalign treatment.

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