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How Long Do I Have to Wear my Braces?

How Long Do I Have to Wear my Braces?

Braces come with a bit of an adjustment period. During this time, it is natural for them to irritate you a bit. The discomfort you feel is the braces working to properly position your teeth and to fix your gaps. While the pain may seem like a nuisance, keep in mind they are helping you.

Having said that, we understand that patients want to get them off as soon as possible. If you’ve been wondering how long do I have to wear my braces, here are some general guidelines.

Realignment of Your Teeth Generally Happens at a Predictable Pace.

That’s good news because it means that every day your braces are in, you are one day closer to getting them off. As a general rule of thumb, most orthodontists will suggest a timeline for wearing braces that is between 16-24 months.

While that may seem like a long time to deal with the irritation, do keep in mind it becomes less noticeable. Braces work by applying continuous pressure to your teeth, causing them to slowly move into the correct position. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen overnight, but there can be shorter exceptions.

How Long you Wear Braces for Depends on Each Individual Case

While 16-24 months is the general guideline, there are a lot of factors that impact how long you have to wear braces. Factors such as the type of treatment you are receiving, your age, and the severity of your condition all play a role in your timeline.

Most orthodontists will detail what you need to know during an initial consultation. You may need to go through a few scans and x-rays before learning the details of your treatment plan. During this time the doctor will go over your personal needs and the timeframe you can expect to wear your braces.

Some Simple Ways to Get Your Braces Off Quicker

While there isn’t too much that you can do to get your braces off faster, there are things that you can do which will delay the removal of them.

First and foremost, you must be regularly flossing and brushing your teeth. Wearing braces means you need to pay extra attention to the cleanliness of your teeth.

Next, make sure you are very careful with your teeth and braces. You should avoid applying too much pressure on your teeth or chewing anything too hard. Any damage that is done to your orthodontics means they won’t be working to their optimal standard. This not only impacts your braces but also your timeline for removing them.

Last but certainly not least, be mindful of sticky foods. Sticky foods are a nightmare for people with braces. They are incredibly hard to remove from braces and as a result, can lead to tooth decay. On top of that, they can also damage your braces which will impede your progress.

While having braces is not something people look forward to, it doesn’t have to be painful. By visiting a compassionate orthodontic team, you’ll have your wellbeing fully accounted for. Braces have become significantly less intrusive over the years, and with the right habits, only last for a short time.

Orthodontic Services in BC

Maduke-Bulat is a long-established orthodontics practice in Surrey, BC. Dr. Sandra Maduke and Dr. Ryan Bulat are both certified specialists offering cutting-edge orthodontics in a warm and compassionate environment.

If you have any questions about this article or orthodontics in general, or if you want to make an appointment with Maduke-Bulat, please contact us at (604) 591-8621.

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