How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
Looking for orthodontic treatment? There are many important questions to ask yourself while preparing for treatment. Do you need braces? What options do you have available? And probably the most frequent question- how long is this going to take?
The orthodontics team at Bordentown Braces can give you accurate timelines for what to expect during treatment. They will create a customized plan for you, one that will efficiently use your time and give you the smile that you always wanted!
It seems like braces can take forever to get to the point where they can be removed. However, different factors can change the period needed for your treatment. Here is what you need to consider when figuring out how long your treatment will take.
Time Will Vary
One important thing to note is that the time needed for your treatment plan will not be the same as someone else’s. On average, you can expect your braces to be in for 24 months. However, some patients need to wear them for 3 years, others may get away with under 12 months.
Every patient has a unique mouth, requiring different treatment plans and time per person. This all depends on many different factors. Does the patient have large gaps between their teeth or are they crowding each other? What about an over or underbite?
To give you your dream smile, your orthodontic treatment will take the time needed specific to you. If your friend had braces in for 3 years, you may get lucky and only need to wear them for 10 months- it all depends on your mouth.
Since 24 months is a solid average, use this as your base timeline when planning for braces.
Invisalign Can Shorten the Treatment Time
On the other hand, you may want to consider Invisalign aligners. Especially if you are worried about the timeframe of treatment. The average time for Invisalign to completely straighten out your smile is 12 months. This is half the average time of braces!
If you are worried about how much time you have to wear braces, you also may be worried about other aspects of orthodontics treatments. With Invisalign, you would not have to worry about cutting certain foods out of your diet or them making you stand out. Invisalign can be easily removed during the day, plus it is clear and hard for others to notice.
Wearing your aligners frequently also helps the treatment process move along smoothly. Leaving the aligners out for too long may add a little bit of needed time here and there.
Your Habits Change the Time Needed
Your habits can also change the time needed to complete an orthodontics treatment. You need to make sure you are going to your regularly scheduled appointments to avoid setbacks.
Also, following the general guidelines to wearing braces helps speed up the process. If you eat hard snacks you should be avoiding, like pretzels or popcorns, you may snap a wire. If this happens, you would need to schedule an appointment for getting it fixed.
If you choose Invisalign, make sure to wear them for the recommended amount of time. If you wear them less often then you should, you can expect the amount of time needed for them to straighten your teeth to increase. One of the benefits to Invisalign is that they do not take as long as braces- however that is if wear them frequently enough!
When are Appointments?
Your appointments will be made to fit your needs and schedule. Most patients require appointments every 4 to 8 weeks, depending on their treatment. Appointments can be rescheduled, but going often helps decrease the time of your orthodontics treatment.
If you are in a situation where you need to be seen more often, time will be made for you. Bordentown Braces offers excellent customer service and will always do their best to see you at your scheduled appointment time. You can be assured that you will not have to spend a long time in the waiting room!
Don’t be Afraid to Schedule an Emergency Appointment
If your treatment is causing you a lot of pain or a wire has broken, make sure to call in immediately. In most cases, these problems can be fixed easily. When corrected, they prevent any setbacks that would make your treatment take a little longer.
Bordentown Braces will set aside time for emergencies, so do not be afraid to call them if something goes awry with your mouth!
Specialists can Help
Specialists can create customized treatment plans made just for you. With your treatment catered to your smile, it can take an efficient amount of time.
Dr. Newman is an orthodontics specialist and well-versed in her field. She has a ton of experience assisting patients with straightening their teeth. She can create the perfect plan for you!
The tools specialists at Bordentown Braces also can help speed up the time. They have access to the latest technology that can make the process quicker. With the iTero 3D, you can have a 3D model made of your teeth in no time at all! This is much faster than traditional methods.
In conclusion, many factors can alter the amount of time you have to spend in an orthodontics treatment. The amount of time will vary from person to person, so comparing yourself to a friend’s treatment period does not work well.
There are also ways to shorten the amount of time. Invisalign takes about half as long to complete than braces do. Your habits and hygiene also affect how long braces take to straighten teeth. You want to consistently go to your appointments and not be afraid to schedule should an emergency arise.
Finally, specialists like Dr. Newman can assist you throughout the whole process. They can give you specific details on how long the treatment will take, plus know how to use the latest equipment to keep everything running smoothly.
Call their office today to ask about a treatment plan customized to you!