Treatment times can vary, but often treatment takes 18 months to 2 years to complete. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time to case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed elastics and other appliances is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Afterwards you will be provided with retainers to keep your new smile and bite in the correct position.
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:
Early treatment — Early treatment allows orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment; in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait to receive treatment
What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently. While it may take one patient only 12 months to complete treatment, it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the show-stopping smile you expect
You! — Your willingness to use the appliances your orthodontist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!
At SOP, we take advantage of the best technologies in orthodontics to complete your treatment in the most effective and efficient way possible that suits you and your lifestyle. The foundation of our practice is “evidence-based care”. By focusing on the scientific literature and what the research in our field tells us, we get one step closer to great results.