How long do I have to wear braces?
time with orthodontic braces typically ranges from six months to two
years, but a few cases fall outside this range. The duration of treatment
depends on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, the individual
biological response to the brace, the severity of the problem and the
cooperation of the patient. Following your orthodontist’s advice and
instructions contributes to completing treatment on time as planned.
After active treatment retainers will need to be worn. Removable retainers
are worn full-time for the first 1 to 3 months. They are then worn only at
nights for the next few months, phasing down to every other night for a
few months, and eventually 1 or 2 nights a week. You should then keep
wearing your removable retainers 1-2 nights a week for as long as
possible; in other words for as long as you want your teeth to remain
straight! This is called ‘long-term retention’. With fixed or bonded
retainers, again you should expect ‘long-term retention’, keeping them on
for as long as possible.
While orthodontic treatment requires some commitment, patients are
rewarded with healthy straight teeth, proper jaw alignment and a beautiful
smile that lasts a lifetime. If left untreated, crooked teeth could lead
to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum
disease. Crooked teeth can also lead to a decrease in one’s personal
self-confidence. Treatment by a specialist orthodontist to correct the
original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care
required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years.
It has been proven that improvements in personal appearance contribute to
greater mental and physical well-being. Although treatment may sometimes
seem lengthy, creating a beautiful smile through orthodontics is a
reliable way of improving the health of your teeth as well as your
self-esteem. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and
career success, as well as improve one’s general attitude toward life.