Waiting is difficult. You want your new smile today!
But it takes a while to move misaligned teeth into their proper position. Most individuals wear braces from 18 to 36 months.
Orthodontists counsel moms and dads to correct dental dilemmas when their child is young. After their jaw is full-grown, treatment may take longer.
But every mouth is different.
What factors influence the treatment time?
- The type of braces used
- How well the patient follows the orthodontist’s instructions regarding foods to avoid
- The distance the teeth must be moved
- The amount of room available in the mouth
- The condition of the teeth
- The health of the gums and jawbone
Keep all your appointments during treatment. Your orthodontist will make sure the braces are working as they should. They will check the wires, springs, or rubber bands to exert the proper amount of pressure on the teeth.
How to make sure orthodontic treatment is successful
Since orthodontia can cost from $2,000 to $8,000, protect your investment by following your orthodontist’s instructions.
- Have your braces adjusted on schedule
- Avoid off-limits foods (hard, sticky, or chewy foods)
- Make an appointment to have your braces fixed if something breaks
Once a patient has completed treatment, retainers must be worn regularly to keep the beautiful straight teeth in their corrected position. If the patient doesn’t wear the retainer as prescribed, you should expect the gradual movement of the teeth.
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