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How Long do Treatment with Braces Take?

How Long do Treatment with Braces Take?

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21th November, 2020

Straightening the teeth is a gradual process. No teeth straightening option will instantly move your teeth to their perfect position. The upside of straightening your teeth is that the result you’ll get will be worth the time spent.

Orthodontic treatments involve the use of removable aligners or fixed braces which straighten the teeth by gently applying pressure to the right places. The treatment also helps to remodel the bone below the gum line to hold the teeth in their new positions.

The teeth usually respond to light pressure, but if you apply excess pressure, the teeth will resist movement, and it also makes treatment more uncomfortable.

How to quickly straighten the teeth

Straightening the teeth usually takes about 12 – 18 months, but some patients may undergo short-orthodontic treatment which lasts for about 4 – 6 months.

Short-term orthodontic treatment also uses braces and the same teeth movement technique used by other treatments, but, it is faster than other orthodontic treatment because it only straightens the front teeth.

If your back teeth are straight and you are comfortable with the way they bite together, you could use the short-term orthodontic treatment option to straighten your front teeth within six months.

You may also opt for short-term orthodontic treatment if you have straightened your teeth in the past, but had a relapse. You may also opt for clear Invisalign aligners or lingual braces to restore your smile.

How long will orthodontic treatment take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies, and it depends on several factors like the severity of your misalignment and the type of braces you choose. To know the exact time your treatment will take, you need to have a consultation with your orthodontist.

Sometimes, a particular brace may be more suitable for you and would help you get straight teeth faster, but no brace type is generally faster than others. For example, Invisalign treatment time for correcting open bites may be shorter than fixed braces.

Invisalign technology has helped many people half the time required to straighten their teeth, and this has saved them several months. If you decide to get Invisalign, you would have a 3D treatment plan that shows you what to expect at every stage of the treatment and the duration of the treatment.

How to avoid extended treatment time

Your orthodontist should give you an accurate time for your treatment, but some uncontrollable factors may extend the treatment time. These tips below should help prevent prolonged treatment time.

  • Clean your teeth and keep them healthy
  • Wear your Invisalign aligners every day for a minimum of 20 hours
  • Do not engage in anything that could break the aligners
  • Wear your attachments or elastics correctly
  • Do not skip your orthodontic check-ups

You may need additional braces or changes to your treatment plan, which may prolong your treatment time, but it helps ensure that the result of your treatment is the best.

Techniques for faster teeth movement

Some techniques can help speed up your treatment, such as:

  • Vibrational forces

Micropulse devices are believed to move the teeth faster because they stimulate remodelling of the bone. Evidence to support this is lacking, so a lot of people do not think this technique works.

  • Photobiomodulation (PBM)

This technique involves the use of LED light to increase the flow of blood, and this causes increased tooth movement, but the evidence to support this is insufficient.

  • Localised trauma

Localised trauma involves surgical treatments like piezocision and corticotomy. These treatments involve making small cuts on the bone surrounding the teeth that require movement, which helps make teeth move faster.

If you want a new smile, contact Museum Dental Suites on 020 7183 0886. You can visit us for a free consultation, to get started on your orthodontic treatment.






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