How Long Do Braces Take?

how long do braces take

We hear this question a lot, specifically in our initial consultation, and we understand why it’s an important question for many. Orthodontic treatment can seem like it lasts forever, but we promise it doesn’t! The amount of time spent in braces has a few factors, so let’s break down how long braces take. 

How Long Do Braces Take?

The length of time your braces take to straighten your teeth will vary depending on your treatment needs. The average length of treatment for braces is about 2 years, give or take. This is an average, as every patient is different and you may need them for shorter or longer, depending on your individual needs. 

Here are some factors that impact how long braces take. 

Crooked teeth

How crooked your teeth are plays a significant role in treatment length. One of the most common reasons for seeking out orthodontic treatment is due to teeth that are crowded, stick out, or are too spaced out. Starting treatment for these issues can help improve oral health to avoid cavities and gum disease. 

The length of time you wear your braces also depends on the severity of the crowding. Your experienced orthodontist and treatment coordinator will help identify these issues in your initial consultation to help determine the best treatment plan for your needs. If braces are right for you they will then begin talking about how long your braces will take. 

Bite Alignment

Have you noticed that your top and bottom teeth don’t align when your teeth are together? This could be an issue with your bite – don’t worry it’s fixable! 

If your bite doesn’t align the way it should, we can create a treatment plan based on the type of bite you have:

    • Open bite
    • Deep bite
    • Underbite
    • Crossbite

Now, if we find a bite alignment issue, this could lengthen your treatment time with braces but it won’t be as bad as you’re thinking (we promise)!

Types of Braces

Length of treatment take also depends on the orthodontic treatment being used and the type of braces that will fit your needs best. 

Metal Braces

Metal braces are metal brackets that are attached to your teeth with a wire connecting them. At check-up visits, our team will tighten these wires every so often to apply more pressure to the teeth to move them slowly. The pressure is gentle and consistent, and eventually, you won’t even notice as your teeth are moving! 

Clear Aligners

While technically not braces, they are an orthodontic treatment option we like to mention. Invisalign is a series of removable, clear aligners, that you change out weekly to apply gentle pressure to the teeth. You remove the trays to eat, drink, and brush but wear them for the rest of the day and night. 

Trust The Experts

Moving teeth takes time and knowledge, which is why orthodontists spend an extra three years learning the specialty to ensure your teeth and jaw are adjusted correctly. Are you interested in starting your orthodontic journey? Schedule your free consultation at any of our 15 offices in Southeastern Wisconsin today! Trust the experts with your orthodontic journey.