Treatment duration is most certainly up there as one of the most frequently asked questions at orthodontist consultations. Of course, we understand why! Before you decide whether or not you want to undergo teeth realignment treatment, it’s natural to want to have a good idea of how long you’re signing up for.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to give a general answer to this question. Every person, and every set of teeth, is different. The duration of teeth realignment treatment can vary as much from three months to twenty four months.
The good news is that if you have relatively minor teeth alignment issues you are very likely to be on the shorter side of this scale. This is also true if you have had previous orthodontic treatment but want to correct any movement that’s occurred since your original brace was taken off.
In cases such as these, you may be able to have an invisible brace fitted. Removable retainers such as Invisalign can have a very small impact on your lifestyle, but can make a big difference to your smile in as little as three or six months.
Alternatively, if you have a more serious alignment issue to address, it’s likely that you could be looking at wearing a brace for between twelve and eighteen months. Though this may initially seem like a long time, many patients decide that it is small price to pay for the smile they’ve always wanted.
Braces have also changed a great deal in recent years. If you’re going to be wearing a brace for a long period of time, you may wish to choose to have invisible retainers or even lingual braces, which are fixed to the inward facing side of your teeth.
If you’d like a personalised answer to the question of how long teeth realignment treatment is likely to take for you, please get in touch. You can even book an appointment online to speak with one of our specialist orthodontists about what to expect.