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Oftentimes, one of the first questions people have when they visit our orthodontist is, “how long will I need to have braces on?” Although this may seem like a straightforward answer, there are several factors that will have an impact on how long it will be before you get braces off. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some of these so that you have a better idea of what to expect when you visit us. If you have any questions or you’re ready to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our online contact form.

For The Average Patient

The average orthodontist patient will have their braces on for around 16-to-18 months. However, some patients will only need six months, or upwards of 24 months. In this day and age, more and more adults are opting to get braces due to more inconspicuous options like Invisalign, Lingual braces, and clear ceramic braces, all of which we offer here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. Since adults tend to have braces on for a shorter period of time, this has brought down the overall average.

When There’s An Overbite/Underbite

Although many people are motivated to get braces in order to fix their smile, one of the most important reasons to get braces is to fix a misaligned bite. Having an overbite or underbite will not only damage the teeth but could lead to serious health problems later in life. In a situation where a patient has severe misalignment, they will almost certainly have to wear braces for longer in order to fix this issue.

Other Factors To Consider

Although the amount of time that you need to wear braces is mostly determined by the cards you’re dealt, there are several things you can do to make the process go by faster. If you’ve opted for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, you need to make sure you’re wearing your aligners at all times unless you’re eating or cleaning your teeth. If you have traditional braces, clear ceramic braces, or Lingual Braces, you should schedule an appointment with our orthodontists immediately if you ever break a wire or bracket.  

AcceleDent® Aura

If you’re concerned about the amount of time you’ll have braces, you’ll rest easy knowing that Camilo Riano Orthodontics has options for you. AcceleDent is an easy-to-use orthodontic treatment accelerator device that is clinically proven to move teeth 50 percent faster with just 20 minutes of usage every day. This device uses SoftPulse Technology to send micropulses into the teeth and gums. This helps the teeth ease into place more easily and can even make braces more comfortable for you. AcceleDent works great no matter what type of braces you’re wearing, and is entirely safe for the teeth, gums, and jaw. If you have any questions about how this works or if it’s right for you, be sure to speak with our orthodontists.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

Ultimately, the amount of time that you’ll need braces on will depend on your specific situation. Patients with small gaps between their teeth may need braces for as little as six months, whereas people with severe misalignment issues may need them for several years. Fortunately, you can have braces applied at any point in your life, so give us a call to schedule an appointment with us. Before applying braces, we’ll go over all of your options to find what type of braces best fits your lifestyle in addition to going over the benefits of AcceleDent.