Research in orthodontics is constantly developing new an innovative solutions designed to bring patients the benefits of shorter treatment times while providing consistent results. The technology found on the market today for both braces and invisalign are vastly improved to what they were even only 10 years ago. There are more good things to come! But the nagging question continues to be asked…
“How Long Do I have to wear my braces!”
The answer depends on a number of factors. The main factor affecting how long your braces need to stay on is first and foremost the complexity of the problem your orthodontist is trying to correct. If you have just a minor alignment issue generally this means your treatment will be quicker but what if the challenges of your case involve tooth extractions? This typically occurs when the teeth are severely crowded and the orthodontist needs to remove some teeth to make room.
One other factor that is often looked over is are you co-operating?
Your orthodontics provider will give you instructions and guidance on how to take care of your braces but are you doing your part to ensure that the treatment outcomes are as expected? If you aren’t maintaining your braces correctly as prescribed by your orthodontist, treatment outcomes may not be as expected, and having to correct the problems can lengthen your treatment times overall.
This of course is one of the neat things about having your case treated with Invisalign clear braces, which essentially carries less maintenance overall. With Invisalign, all you have to do is switch out the clear aligners that are prescribed in succession gradually over time. It’s kind of like having an unobtrusive, easy to wear mouthguard that no one can see! Invisalign is not for everyone and to learn more about whether you are a candidate or not, read more about Invisalign here or come in for a complimentary consultation to our practice in Vaughan.
Overall, and taking into account the orthodontic tips outlined above a typical case can take about 15 – 18 months of treatment from start to finish.
The other thing to know about braces and advances in technology. They are far more comfortable to wear then ever before, and further advances promise to deliver even better options to patients. With our commitment to keeping on top of what’s and improved in Orthodontics, you can be sure we at Walt Ortho will have only the best options for patients.