The most common time for orthodontic treatment is the teenage years between the ages of 12 and 16.
Teens who need orthodontic treatment will typically have many questions and concerns about how this will impact their daily lives! The most common question is, “How long will I need to wear braces or Invisalign?”
Treatment duration will vary significantly based on the different needs of patients and other variables such as:
Which problems are being corrected – Depending on the position of your teeth and how serious the problem is, your treatment could take anywhere from 12-24 months. Keep in mind that everyone is different, and some just need a bit longer.
Treatment in the past – Some teens have already had Phase One orthodontic treatment when they were young. If that’s you, then you’ll have a bit of a head start!
How you care for your braces and teeth during treatment – This can make a tremendous difference in the duration of your treatment. If you follow the care instructions given by your orthodontist for your braces and orthodontic appliances, you can reduce your treatment period.
The different types of braces that may be options for your orthodontic treatment include:
Traditional metal braces