Getting braces can be an exciting time—you’re finally getting the smile you want! However, not
everyone who gets braces is happy about their treatment. Many people ask how long the
treatment will take before exploring orthodontic treatment options for their smile.
Different types of braces will have different treatment times. Here’s what you can expect when
it comes to your options for orthodontics!
Traditional metal braces—which consist of brackets and wires—are going to be one of the most
affordable options. However, they do come with the longest amount of treatment time, which
is an average of 24 months, or two years.
For some people, traditional braces will only be needed for 12 months; for others, their
treatment may extend beyond two years. Remember that ceramic braces are the same as
traditional braces, just with white brackets and wires, so the treatment time will be the same.
Damon braces are also called self-ligating braces. This means they don’t need to be adjusted
and will adjust themselves as your teeth move into place. Damon braces are becoming very
popular in orthodontics because they tend to be less painful and easier for both patients and
orthodontists to maintain.
Damon braces also offer patients the advantage of having a treatment time that’s six months
shorter than that of traditional braces. Although individual cases will vary, Damon braces are a
popular alternative to regular braces.
Invisalign is another popular alternative to braces that’s not actually braces at all, but a series of
clear aligners that change every few weeks as your teeth shift. Although Invisalign can’t treat
every orthodontic issue, it can treat a wide variety of alignment and bite problems in patients.
The average treatment time for Invisalign is just 12 months, making it even more popular for
adults who want virtually invisible treatment in just half the time of traditional braces.
Lingual braces are just like traditional braces, but they’re on the backside of your teeth rather
than the front. Not everyone will qualify for these braces, as you’ll need to have large enough
teeth to accommodate the braces on the sides of your teeth facing your tongue.
Lingual braces typically have a treatment time that’s less than traditional braces, with 12-24
months being the average.
There are tools that can be used to accelerate the process of orthodontics, such as Propel.
Propel is a tool used by orthodontists that stimulates your alveolar bone (the bone surrounding
your teeth). This helps to speed up the process and make braces more effective and less painful
with predictable results.
When acceleration methods such as Propel are used in combination with regular braces or
Invisalign, patients can expect an average treatment time of just 8-12 months.
Ready for Braces?
Are you curious about what type of braces will work best for you? You can explore your options
with a qualified orthodontist who will review any issues that need to be addressed with your
smile as well as the treatment options that are available to you.
From traditional braces to Invisalign to the more creative lingual, Damon, and accelerated, you
have options for straightening your smile!