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How long do you need orthodontics for?

March 4th, 2022

How long orthodontics take to work depends on what type of brace is worn and how well the patient takes care of their teeth and braces.

Under standard conditions, it takes about two years to get classic braces off after wearing them for one year.

Braces can be removed after 12 months of use if the result is satisfactory for both the orthodontist and the patient. At the end of the process, the teeth will be straight and well arranged.

If braces are left unattended, problems such as gum inflammation and teeth misalignment may occur. In cases where the patient does not take good care of their teeth while wearing braces, treatment is usually extended to 4-5 years depending on the severity of the problem.When taken care of properly, the average length of time braces are worn for is 2 years.

So in answer to “How long do braces last?” It normally takes people around two years to get them off.

What are the benefits of having orthodontics?

Orthodontics can correct irregularities of the teeth like overcrowding, spacing and misalignment of the teeth. It also helps decrease chances of tooth decay since the false spaces help prevent food particles from being trapped.

The benefits of orthodontics vary from patient to patient. A few of the most commonly cited included:

  •         Improves self-esteem
  •         Enhances overall dental health
  •         The orthodontist works with the general dentist to create a long-term plan of action
  •         Can help patients of all ages
  •         Technology has improved to where not all devices are highly noticeable

Having orthodontics can also give you that loveable smile you have always wanted thus increasing your self-esteem. 

How do you know if you need orthodontics?

Orthodontics can correct overcrowding of the teeth and spaces between them. But it is important to know that treatment is only required if the problems are causing you issues such as pain or discomfort in eating and speaking. You may also need orthodontic treatment if your jaw joint is affected. 

How to know if you are in need of braces can include these symptoms:

  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • The difficulty of flossing between and brushing around crooked teeth
  • Difficulty pronouncing certain sounds because of your tongue’s position under teeth
  • Jaws that click when you chew
  • Stress/tiredness on jawline after chewing food
  • Biting your tongue a lot
  • Teeth that do not close over each other when your mouth is resting

What type of braces are available?

There are 5 main types of braces available today.

Metal braces

Metal braces are most popular among the young. Metal braces work by applying the braces to the teeth connecting them by a wire. Using elastic ties, the wire is tied to the braces. There are also a plethora of colors to choose from too. 

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are braces that are clear and have the same color as your teeth. They are the same as metal braces but are less noticeable and more discreet. 

Self-ligating braces

Self-ligating braces are similar to metal and ceramic braces. They can be made of metal or clear/ceramic material. The teeth are also moved with braces and a wire. Self-ligating braces differ from metal or ceramic braces in that the wire is held in place by clips or doors instead of elastic rubber ties.

Lingual braces

A lingual brace behind the teeth is the least common and most specialized orthodontic system on the market. They require different orthodontic skills that few orthodontists hone. It is up to the orthodontist to learn how to use lingual braces behind the teeth since they are not taught in orthodontic training.

Clear aligners (such as Invisalign)

Invisalign is a popular method to straighten teeth today. Some benefits include: 

  • Clear/Transparent
  • Removable for brushing, flossing and eating 
  • Faster than braces (in some cases)
  • Require less appointments in some cases

Conclusion: How long do you need orthodontics for?

The answer to how long you need orthodontic braces for will depend on your unique situation. For example, those that do not take care of their braces properly can probably expect to have their braces for 4-5 years.

However, the average and typical time for braces for one that does take care of their braces is roughly 2 years. It is important to clean braces with a toothbrush and special toothpaste available from orthodontists or pharmacies so that you can increase the chances of getting your braces off sooner. 

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