When Can I Expect to Get My Braces Off?

Dental braces, or simply braces, are devices attached to the teeth to correct orthodontic problems like uneven teeth, alignment problems, bite problems (underbite and overbite), crooked teeth and gaps. Each problem, or set of problems, has its own treatment plan, which includes which type of dental braces to use and the duration which the braces have to stay attached to the patient’s teeth. The duration of a patient’s use of dental braces also depends on the objectives that the patient and his orthodontist have set, the age at which the patient first put on the braces and the patient’s dental and oral hygiene.

Simple dental problems such as crooked teeth or misaligned teeth are fairly easy to correct. In this situation, the patient typically wears braces for 1 to 2 years at which time gaps between teeth are removed, crowded teeth are pulled apart and properly spaced, and crooked teeth are properly aligned. It is also more favorable for the patient if there is only one direction at which the brace is pulling the teeth to.

More complex problems, such as correcting and realigning labially erupted teeth or correcting bite problems, will require more time for the dental braces to be put on. In these cases, there are several directions that the brace must pull the teeth into. It’s done step by step, with every step typically involving only one direction. To illustrate, labially erupted teeth burst out of the gums, way above the line where teeth normally erupt. The first step is for the wire to pull the teeth down to the normal line while simultaneously widening the space where the newly erupted teeth will set. This is quite complicated and, as such, is a slow and tedious process to finish, which can take several years.

There are factors that can expedite the process, or at least to make sure that no extra time is added to the treatment period. The first and most important factor is dental hygiene. The patient should follow the dentist’s and orthodontist’s instructions to the letter. Following instructions on dental hygiene and the type of food that the patient is allowed to eat can reduce the amount of time that the patient must wear his orthodontia.

Choosing the proper type of braces can also speed up the treatment process. Braces made from sturdy materials can be made to tighten more than braces made from relatively soft materials. The hardest material which brackets and wires are made out of is metal, hence the best bet that you can lower the time for treatment is by wearing metal braces.

The age at which the patient first put on his braces is another critical factor which determines the amount of time spent in dental treatment. Typically, the earlier treatment is started, the better it will go and the less it would take to complete the treatment process. This is because the bones of a child are relatively soft, since it is made up partially of cartilage which is softer than bone. This speeds up the treatment process significantly and increases the success rate.

If you really want to reduce the time it takes for your treatment process, you should follow your dentist’s instruction on oral hygiene and allowed foods, and wear dental braces made from sturdy materials.

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Bjorn O’Connor is a health fanatic, technology enthusiast and fan of good coffee. He likes learning about things like how long braces have to be worn for.

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