Braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. The length of time it takes to fix your teeth with braces depends on the severity of the misalignment, the type of braces used, and how closely you follow your orthodontist’s instructions. Generally speaking, a full course of treatment with braces can take anywhere from nine months to three years.The time it takes to fix teeth with braces varies depending on the individual case. Generally, it can take anywhere from six months to two years for the entire treatment process to be completed. It is important to follow the orthodontist’s instructions and attend regular check-ups in order to ensure that the treatment is progressing as planned.
Different Types of Braces and Their Treatment Times
Braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to straighten teeth and correct misalignment. There are different types of braces available, each with their own benefits and treatment times. The type of braces you get will depend on the severity of your misalignment and the amount of time you have to wear them. Some braces require more frequent visits to the orthodontist than others.
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and have been around for decades. They consist of metal brackets attached to each tooth with a thin wire connecting them all together. Metal braces work well for correcting crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth, as well as correcting overbites or underbites. Treatment times vary depending on the severity of the misalignment, but typically take about two years to complete.
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but they use ceramic brackets that blend in with your natural tooth color for a less noticeable look. Ceramic braces also typically require fewer visits to the orthodontist than metal braces because they don’t need as much adjusting. Treatment times with ceramic braces can vary between one and three years depending on how severe the misalignment is.
Lingual braces are unique in that they’re placed on the backside of your teeth so they’re completely hidden when you smile or talk. Lingual braces work similarly to traditional metal and ceramic braces by using brackets and wires, but they’re more difficult to adjust since they’re not visible from the outside. Treatment times can vary between one and three years depending on how severe the misalignment is.
Invisalign is an alternative orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners instead of brackets and wires to move your teeth into alignment over time without any visible hardware on your teeth. Invisalign works best for mild-to-moderate cases of misalignment and usually takes anywhere from nine months to two years depending on how severe the misalignment is.
No matter which type of brace you choose, it’s important to follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely in order to get optimal results in the shortest amount of time possible!
Braces Fitting Appointment
Getting braces is an important decision, and we want to ensure that your experience with us is as comfortable as possible. During your braces fitting appointment, we will take the time to answer any questions you have, discuss any concerns, and ensure that all of your needs are met.
At your appointment, we will begin by taking a series of digital photographs and x-rays of your teeth. This comprehensive set of records will help us assess the current condition of your teeth and create a plan for treatment. We may also use this information to track the progress of your teeth during treatment.
After discussing the images with you and answering any questions you may have, we will use specialized tools to measure the exact size and shape of your teeth. This allows us to create custom brackets for your braces. We will also discuss what type of brackets you would like – stainless steel or clear – and how long the treatment process should take.
Once all measurements have been taken, we will place the brackets on each individual tooth using a special adhesive. We may also put in other components such as archwires or bands at this time. After placing these components, we will adjust them as needed to make sure everything fits properly and is secure.
Finally, we’ll review any instructions needed for taking care of your braces along with any follow-up visits that may be required during treatment. If you have any further questions about getting braces or what happens during an appointment, please don’t hesitate to ask us!
Bonding of Braces to Teeth
The process of bonding braces to teeth is an integral part of orthodontic treatment. It is the first step in the process and is done under local anesthesia. The orthodontist will first use a special adhesive to bond braces to the teeth. This adhesive is strong enough to hold the brackets in place and allow them to move as needed. Once the adhesive has been applied, the orthodontist will then shape and size each bracket and attach it firmly to the tooth. This process can take up to several hours, depending on the complexity of the case.
After the brackets have been attached, elastic bands or wires are used to connect each bracket together. These wires are adjusted periodically throughout treatment as needed. This helps guide your teeth into their desired position as treatment progresses. The entire bonding process typically takes 1-2 hours and can be completed in a single visit depending on your individual case. After bonding, you will need periodic adjustments every 4-6 weeks until your treatment is complete.
Bonding braces to teeth can be an intimidating experience, but with modern advancements in orthodontics, it has become much easier and more comfortable for patients than ever before. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, make sure you talk with your orthodontist about all aspects of your care so that you understand what is involved and can make an informed decision about your treatment plan.