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How Long Do You Have to Keep Braces On?

February 27, 2023 3:11 am

It probably won’t take more than a minute after you first get your braces on for you to wonder when you’ll be able to take them off. It’s not because they’re so horrible to wear—we know you’re just antsy to have your treatment be complete so you can walk around with a perfectly straight smile! While orthodontic treatment is nowhere near instantaneous, it is relatively pretty quick.

Factors Affecting Braces Treatment Length

Each patient case is unique in terms of where their teeth are positioned and how much they need to move. This means there are different answers for how long someone will need to wear braces. A patient’s age and oral health, the severity of their teeth misalignment, their chosen treatment type, and patient compliance will affect treatment length.

Average Braces Treatment Duration

On average, braces take between 16 and 18 months. It is also possible for braces treatment to take two years. This is because we’re not just fixing aesthetics. Your treatment plan will make sure that your bite is properly aligned so that you don’t have issues with chewing or speaking, or jaw and neck pain. Additionally, the shifting of teeth can only occur so fast for patient comfort and safety.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation!

If you want to figure out what braces treatment might look like for you or your child, please contact us at Meason Orthodontics. We provide comprehensive orthodontic services, including metal and ceramic braces and clear aligner therapy, at our Weatherford orthodontic practice. Our knowledgeable team can advise you on which treatment route might be best for your misalignment needs and budget, as well as how long treatment will likely take. Set up an appointment so you can get personalized recommendations for your smile. We would be delighted to hear from you!


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