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Braces are most often used in cases of misaligned teeth, but they can be used to correct a number of other orthodontic problems including overbites and underbites. Of course, every orthodontic treatment is different, and the length of time it takes to treat one kind of dental concern may differ from another. That being said, here’s what you can expect when you or your teen begins wearing braces.

The Length of Your Treatment Time Varies

According to KidsHealth, braces are typically worn for about two years, but this can vary depending on the individual’s needs. Some patients may only need to wear their braces for about a year, while others may need to wear their braces for longer. More advanced orthodontic treatments may take longer, and your age can impact the length of your treatment as well. Talk to your orthodontist about your treatment to determine how long you can expect to be wearing your braces.

You’ll Need to Wear a Retainer After Your Treatment

Traditional braces are the most common type of braces. They are made up of metal brackets that are attached to the teeth and wires that connect the brackets. They work by applying pressure to the teeth, which causes them to move into the correct position gradually over time. After your braces have come off and your orthodontic treatment has been completed, it’s important that you wear a retainer to “retain” the new placement of your teeth.

You’ll need to wear your retainer full-time immediately after you have your braces removed. At some point, you may be able to transition to only wearing your retainer at night. Of course, every patient’s situation varies and it’s important to talk to your orthodontist to decide when and how long you should wear your retainer. Approximately one year after you’ve received your first retainer, you’ll need to visit your dental office for a retainer check.

Consult With an Orthodontist

If you’re considering braces, it’s important to consult with an orthodontist to discuss your options. The orthodontist will be able to assess your individual needs and recommend the best type of braces for you. They will also be able to give you an estimate of how long you can expect to be wearing braces.

When getting braces, it’s important to keep in mind that results may vary and that braces should be worn as directed by your orthodontist. For more information about braces or to make an appointment with our dental office, be sure to contact Dr. David Herman today.