How Long Will You Be in Braces?

How Long Will You Be in Braces?One of the most common questions we get from our patients is “How long will I need to wear my braces?” Unfortunately, there is no set answer, as each case is unique!

However, there are a few important factors that can help determine a timeframe you may be wearing braces for. These factors include your age and the severity of your case, but it’s important to note, estimated times may change depending on progress. Response time to treatment is often unpredictable.

Primary Treatment Times and Factors

The most crucial factor that will help determine how long you’ll be in braces is the severity of your case. Your orthodontist must take into consideration how much room there is for teeth to maneuver, how far your teeth need to move to meet the desired goal, your overall mouth health (including teeth, gum, and bone strength), and of course, how well you follow instructions for care outside of the dental office.

Research shows that the earlier any issues are identified and treated, the shorter the treatment time would be. Braces tend to be worn on average for a period between one and three years for comprehensive treatment. Once you’ve completed your treatment plan, you may be required to wear a retainer or have some other form of follow up treatment. This is usually to aid in maintaining results.

Good Dental Hygiene

Patients who maintain good dental hygiene and follow all instructions provided by their orthodontist may even cut down their time in braces. Good dental hygiene prior to getting braces will usually mean that the teeth, gums, and bones are strong and in good health, which will make the process easier.

Type of Braces

There are a few common options for braces available, including standard metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Different types of braces require a different treatment plan and aftercare. This may affect how long you have braces, especially if home care instructions are not followed accurately. It is also possible that there may be damage to braces over time and repairs may be required. In both cases, you may have to wear them for a bit longer.

Your Orthodontist Makes a Difference

Regardless of the severity of your case, choosing SmileWorks Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics will make all the difference. We have a highly trained, qualified, friendly, and experienced orthodontics team.

We do our best to work with you to ensure that you completely understand your treatment plan. Before starting your treatment, we will teach you how best to adjust to wearing braces and caring for them. To beautifully align your teeth in the shortest time frame possible, book an appointment with SmileWorks Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontics today!

Smile Works Children's
Dentistry and Orthodontics

1771 Capital Cir NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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Holly Davis J.
Everyone we have come in contact with at SmileWorks has been amazing! Dr. Long has been able to work us in twice this week to deal with some issues my daughter is having. He and Cheyenne really were able to put her at ease for her procedure this afternoon. We would highly recommend them!
Brittney S.
This is a beautiful office with so many extras to keep our children relaxed during their visit. The staff is very friendly, and informative! Great visit !
Kelley G.
We enjoyed our visit to the dentist! The staff is friendly, kind and patient. They answered all my questions and it felt as it was there pleasure. My child didn't want to leave because of the electronic games and the treasure box is amazing :) she had a wonderful experience.
Heather H.
Dr. Baty and Jessica are amazing, very personable and make my children feel very comfortable. My children LOVE them! The office staff is also great, everyone is friendly and very professional! They have went above and beyond to make sure all of our Dental needs are taken care of.
Candace G.
The absolute best. My little now has an expander and a mini set of braces. They are always timely and kind. She looks forward to going!
Tiff K.
Amazing!!! The staff were SO great with my kids. They went out of their way to accommodate their needs. My kids loved it there! So thankful for SmileWorks and everything they have done for my family!!!
Paul R.
My son had a great 1st visit to the dentist! Dr. Baty and the technician that assisted her today were awesome! My son said it was “fun” after his cleaning and after his x-rays. Recommend to anyone with small children. My son said his teeth are all clean. ( he’s 2 1/2).
Ginger J.
Every single person, from reception, to hygienist, dentist, orthodontist, and check out was incredibly welcoming, prompt, friendly, and professional. Put my daughter immediately at ease. Beautiful facility. I’m so grateful for the recommendation.
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