If you’re considering braces, you’re probably asking yourself, “How long will I have to wear them?” Dr. Juan determines this by considering various factors, including age, the severity of your orthodontic problem, and how well you follow your orthodontist’s instructions. At Seabreeze Orthodontics, we want all our patients to understand what influences the length of their braces treatment. So today, we’ll look at some of the most critical factors to give you an idea of what braces might look like for you!
How old are you?
Yes, in this case, age matters! Your age can play a major factor in how long treatment takes. In general, younger patients tend to respond more quickly to treatment than older patients. This is because the bones in younger patients are still growing and, therefore, more pliable. As a result, orthodontic appliances such as braces can have a bigger impact on the shape of the teeth and jaws. In contrast, the bones of older patients are much more set in place, making it harder to shift them. As a result, orthodontic treatment for older patients often takes longer and may require more frequent adjustments.
The scope of your alignment issues
When it comes to braces, there is no one size fits all approach. Your orthodontic starting point plays a massive role in your total braces treatment duration. Braces will likely not take more than 12 months to correct if you have a minor misalignment. However, if your teeth and jaws require extensive realignment, braces may be needed for up to 3 years. A consultation with Dr. Juan will give you a better idea of your oral concerns and how extensive your treatment plan may be!
Your at-home orthodontic care
It can be challenging to change our habits, especially when it comes to food. However, avoiding overly sugary foods or anything that can get stuck in your braces is highly recommended and will likely improve your chances of a shorter treatment.
To get your braces treatment done as quickly and efficiently as possible, it’s important that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions closely. This means brushing and flossing regularly, wearing additional appliances for the recommended time each day, and attending your scheduled appointments.
Your body’s response to treatment
We’re all built differently, and that includes the bones in our jaw! That also means treatment will differ case-to-case depending on several factors, such as jaw structure, gum tissue thickness, and bone density. Attending your scheduled check-ups will ensure that your treatment is on course. Dr. Juan has performed braces treatments for countless patients in Myrtle Beach and can provide you with any adjustments you need along the way!
All good things take time (even braces!)
At Seabreeze Orthodontics, we know that the idea of waiting for that brand-new smile can leave you restless. We understand. That’s why Dr. Juan provides all his patients with an in-depth look at what treatment will look like for them and the detailed steps you can take to speed up the process!
We work with you to develop a personalized braces treatment plan that considers your age, orthodontic problem, and other factors to ensure that your braces are removed as quickly as possible. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about braces treatment at Seabreeze Orthodontics!