How Long Do You Wear Braces For?

When a patient learns that they need braces, they often ask several questions. One of the first questions they typically ask is, “how long will I need to wear braces?” While the average treatment typically lasts between 12-24 months, how long you have to wear braces ultimately depends on multiple factors. The main factors that affect the length of your braces treatment are: 

  • your jaw alignment and how crooked your teeth are
  • your hygiene and personal care habits 
  • your age
  • the type of braces you wear

Let’s examine each of these factors in more detail.

Braces For Misaligned Jaw and Crooked Teeth

Underbite and overbite can cause complications such as jaw pain or TMJ disorder. These can ultimately lead to more health side effects down the road. Depending on the severity of your teeth complications, your treatment plan timeline may be prolonged. Complications such as a misaligned jaw and crooked teeth call for a customized treatment plan since the severity of each situation can be  vastly different from another. Contact your orthodontist to set up a consultation to figure out what orthodontic treatment plan will work best for you.

Oral Hygiene With Braces

Keeping up on your oral hygiene is of the utmost importance. Avoiding foods that can damage braces and prolong treatment is highly recommended. It may be tough to resist those sugary sweets, but we promise it will be worth it in the long run. Additionally, practicing proper care and maintenance of braces by following your orthodontist’s instructions. Consult your orthodontist or dentist for the best tips and tricks on how to take care of  your teeth while having braces. Daily brushing and flossing is a key factor in practicing good oral hygiene. 

What Age Can You Get Braces?

Depending on when you get your braces, or at least start your orthodontic treatments, can affect how long you have to wear braces. While there’s no set age considered the best to get braces, one thing we recommend at Frey Orthodontics is to not let dental problems go untreated for long periods of time. If dental health or alignment problems are left untreated, it may be more difficult to correct later on down the road. Ignoring or prolonging dental complications that you notice at a younger age can impact how long you have to wear braces in the future. 

Find Something To Smile About With Frey Orthodontics

Frey Orthodontics has a talented team dedicated to providing you with the best orthodontic experience possible. If you would like more information on what your treatment journey and length may look like, get in touch with us. We are happy to answer any and all questions you may have. For additional readings make sure to check out the Frey Orthodontics Blog.