So, you just found out you might need braces. One of the questions you’re probably asking yourself is, “How long will I have to wear them?” Pioneer Orthodontics is here to help! Dr. Cserna and her team can estimate how long your treatment will take, depending on your specific situation. The braces experts at Pioneer Orthodontics will outline the general time frame for different types of braces and the factors that play a role in your treatment timeline.
What factors determine the length of my treatment?
Every orthodontic treatment is customized, which means that the only way to give you an exact answer is with an in-person evaluation with Dr. Annette Cserna. That being said, the average treatment time ranges from 12-36 months. Some factors that may affect the length of your braces journey include:
Your age and dental maturity
The younger we are, the more soft and malleable our gum and bone tissue are. As a result, children and teens tend to wear their braces for shorter periods.
The complexity of your case
More complex situations may take longer to correct, depending on the severity of your teeth alignment and jaw issues. For example, severe bite issues, such as overbites, underbites, or crossbites, may require a more complex treatment plan and, in some cases, corrective surgery.
Your commitment to oral hygiene and orthodontic care
Your oral health starting point plays a huge factor in how quickly you can expect to get your braces taken off. However, you can also speed up the process by keeping your braces clean, regularly visiting Pioneer Orthodontics, and scheduling regular cleanings and checkups with your dentist.
The progress of your treatment
Your orthodontist will regularly monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your teeth are moving in the right direction.
What can I do to make sure my treatment is on track?
The best thing you can do to ensure your braces are removed on time is to follow Dr. Cserna’s instructions and maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. This includes:
- Brushing and flossing at least twice a day, preferably after each meal
- Avoiding hard or sticky foods that could damage your braces
- Attending all scheduled appointments at Pioneer Orthodontics
- Wearing your additional appliances or rubber bands as advised by Dr. Cserna
- Wearing a customized mouth guard if engaging in any contact sports or physically intense activities to avoid damaging your appliances
- Getting your teeth cleaned regularly by your family dentist
What can I expect during my braces treatment?
Your braces treatment will involve using specialized appliances to slowly and safely move your teeth into their proper positions. Pioneer Orthodontics offers a few different types of braces, including:
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
This features small, clear brackets and customized tooth-colored wires for a subtle yet effective treatment. Ceramic braces are a fantastic alternative for patients interested in a more discreet option.
Damon Smile Metal Braces
Made with sleeker materials than traditional metal braces, these have a unique slide mechanism that helps move teeth more quickly. They are also a very comfortable option that simplifies the braces process, eliminating the need for complicated procedures and additional appliances.
Make friends with braces at Pioneer Orthodontics.
No matter what braces you have, Pioneer Orthodontics can help ensure your treatment is as efficient and effective as possible. We will monitor the progress of your treatment closely to ensure that your teeth are moving into the optimal position—getting you one step closer to a perfect smile!
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation, where we will provide you with a detailed look at your treatment timeline.