Waiting is not easy. You want your new smile today!
But it takes a while to move misaligned teeth into their proper position. Most people wear braces from 18 to 36 months.
Orthodontists counsel moms and dads to correct dental problems when their child is young. After their jaw is full grown, treatment may take longer.
But every mouth is different.
What issues 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 as they should. They will monitor 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 on schedule
- Avoid off-limits foods (hard, sticky, or chewy foods)
- Make an appointment to have your braces repaired if something breaks
When teeth have been moved into position, the patient might need to wear a retainer to maintain their alignment. If the patient doesn’t wear the retainer as prescribed, you should expect the gradual movement of the teeth.