How Long Does it Take to Straighten Teeth With Braces?

How Long Does it Take to Straighten Teeth With Braces


One of the most frequently asked questions is, how long do braces take to straighten teeth? Just as you may know the expression, how long is a piece of string? There is no definitive answer. Don’t be disappointed.  I Love Straight Teeth will tell you the many factors which will quickly help you to get closer to the answer and the different ways to quickly straighten your teeth.

How Do You Determine How Long My Teeth Will Take To Straighten?

The first step is a straight teeth consultation and diagnosis. We examine the condition of your teeth and take x-rays.  We can see what needs to be corrected.  You may have crooked teeth, an overcrowded or gappy smile or your front teeth might protrude or overlap.  Whatever the problem, our dentist will tell you what type of brace will work best for you and how long it will take to straighten your teeth and give you the attractive smile you wish for.

Your Choices

Depending on which braces are suitable to correct your smile, you may be offered fixed braces or removable braces, discreet braces or invisible braces as your option for a Six Month Smile.

Both lingual braces and clear removable braces are almost invisible. Lingual braces are a fixed brace, bonded to the back of the teeth where the brackets and wires are completely hidden.  Clear removable braces are a translucent plastic aligner custom made to fit snuggly over your teeth.  You wear the aligners all day and all night and remove them to eat and clean your teeth.

Clear fixed braces, bonded to the front of your teeth have tooth coloured wires and brackets so they are barely visible.  Accelerated removable braces with a bow both in front of your teeth and behind are discreet.  Called the ‘wonder brace’ by the press, they straighten teeth in just 6-18 weeks depending on the degree of crowding or spacing.

What Are The Advantages?

#The braces work quickly

#They are discreet or invisible

#You have the choice of a fixed or removable brace

#They straighten the front teeth

#There are few risks involved as teeth are seldom extracted and the forces used are very gentle.

#Lingual braces do not rub on your cheeks or lips

What Are The Disadvantages?

#Your oral hygiene routine will take longer and need even more care

#The brackets on some fixed braces can rub on your cheeks and lips

#In the early days, when braces are fitted and begin to work, there may be some discomfort

#They move only the front visible teeth. They do not improve bite issues

Fixed Braces

Clear Fixed Braces – Clear fixed braces are tooth coloured braces and wires programmed to give a straighter smile in an average of just 4-9 months. Fixed to the front of your teeth, they allow quick tooth straightening while being really discreet.

Lingual Braces – Lingual braces are a very superior brace.  They will straighten front teeth in an average of 4-9 months. The difference between Lingual and traditional braces is they are fixed to the reverse side of the teeth where they cause the least discomfort are almost invisible. Lingual braces are slightly more expensive but, as no one need know you are wearing braces, they are the choice of many professionals both in and out of the public eye. Braces really have come a long way!

Removable Braces

Clear removable aligners are almost invisible.  They are custom made to fit unseen over teeth like a sleeve and straighten the teeth with gentle movements. A new brace is supplied every two weeks and needs to be worn 22h a day.

Accelerated Braces

Accelerated removable braces are programmed to straighten your four front teeth in just 6-18 weeks depending on the complexity of the problem. They work quickly and effectively on the front teeth, upper or lower.  They need to be worn for 16-20h a day. They are not designed to be invisible as their unique design includes tiny springs to power the bows which fit both sides of your teeth. Nevertheless, they are discreet.

Are you wearing cosmetic braces? How long has your treatment been? Post your comments below.

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