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How Long Do Braces Last?

Everyone knows that wearing braces means that you are going to get straight teeth. Still, they may be a little uncomfortable for some, and the question always comes up: How long do I need to wear them? The truth is that it will vary with the individual and the dental problems that he or she has.

Average Duration of Braces

Everyone has slightly different dental problems. They are just not going to be the same. On the average, though, most people will need to wear braces for an average of 23 months. The difference will also depend on the type of braces being used.

The Needs Will Vary

Some people will have more severe problems with their teeth being out of alignment. The more severe the problem, the longer they will need to wear braces. People with a more mild misalignment may be able to have the problem corrected in less than a year. People with extreme misalignment might have braces for 2 or more years.

Adult Braces Typically Take Longer

Since the bones of an adult’s jaw have stopped growing, it is going to take a little longer to get the teeth in good alignment. If the teeth are in relatively good alignment, they may only need to wear them for a year or less.

Children’s jaws are still growing and this enables the braces to move the teeth into position faster. For better looking teeth, children should see an orthodontist around the age of seven. This will reveal if there is going to be any serious problems, which may be able to be corrected early.

Options Are Available

A very important concern about braces for children and adults is that they are not the most attractive things to have to wear. Recent developments in braces gives people some choices, in addition to the traditional type that most people are familiar with.

Wire-type braces also come in a variety of colors. They can be nearly invisible with clear and transparent ceramic brackets and thinner wires. This kind does take a little longer, but it’s worth it if look is of concern. Some braces can also be placed inside the teeth, making them almost unnoticeable.

Get Braces Today

When you want to get a beautiful smile for yourself or for your children, the Speaks Orthodontics office in Denver, CO, can help you. We provide several solutions for giving you an amazing smile. We invite you to call us today at (720) 513-3743 for more information or to make an appointment.