How long do braces take to straighten teeth? 

How long do braces take to straighten teeth? Having braces fitted is a simple, effective method of orthodontic treatment which focuses on gradually shifting teeth into alignment. 

There are a range of different types of braces including traditional metal bracesclear braces such as Invisalign, or Fastbraces ®This form of treatment can be used to correct issues such as overcrowding, gaps and spacing issues. It can also be used to correct underbites and overbites. 

Considering teeth straightening needn’t be a worry or a hassle and trusting a professional private dentist like Aesthetika will mean you get the best possible treatment, at an affordable cost.  

How long will it take Braces to straighten my teeth?

Whichever type of brace you choose, the end result will be the same, which is to effectively and gently shift your teeth into the right position. The time it takes to do this will vary case to case and depend on your overall oral health.  How long will it take Braces to straighten my teeth?  

If traditional metal braces are being used, they are bonded to each tooth with dental wire threaded through each bracket. Every so often, the wire is tightened by the dentist at regular intervals, so that your teeth will gradually move into the right position.  

In the case of clear or invisible dental braces, like Invisalign or Fastbraces ® bonding to the teeth isn’t needed and with the latter treatmentretainers either don’t need to be worn at all or worn for very minimal periods each day. They can also be taken out when eating or to clean them thoroughly. They can often be a better option for adults who have decided to undertake teeth straightening at a later age.  

What is involved in the Teeth Straightening Process? 

If you’re thinking about having your teeth straightening, then the process will often involve the following steps: 

  • Initial consultation with dentist 

An initial meeting will be set up with your dentist so that they can make a full assessment of your current oral health and the alignment of your teeth. They’ll then make a recommendation for the right type of braces for you.  

In certain situations, it may be necessary to have tooth extraction(s) before straightening can commence. If this is the case, your dentist will talk you through this process too.  

  • First treatment session 

After your initial appointment a treatment session will be set up, and it’s here your braces will be fitted.  

Your private dentist will explain how to look after your teeth and your braces, with use of good oral hygiene practices.  

They will also explain any potential problems with discomfort after the initial fitting and how you can manage this. For most people, discomfort is minimal and can be managed with simple over the counter pain relievers.  

  • Follow up appointments

Over the following months you will need to have regular follow up appointments with your private dentist to have your braces tightened, or to have new aligners fitted (depending on the treatment you have opted for).  

At these appointments, your dentist will also check how your treatment is progressing and discuss any changes to your dental plan, with you.  

  • Removal of braces 

When your teeth are straight and the treatment is complete, your braces will need to be professionally removed and your teeth examined. Your dentist may advise you to wear a retainer for a new months, if necessary, to keep your teeth in alignment.  

Treatment Times for Teeth Straightening 

The time taken to straighten teeth can vary from patient to patient. It depends on how severe the dental issues are such as: 

  • Severity of crowding 
  • Any spacing and bite issues 
  • The treatment option you choose 

The systems we use, in majority of cases take 6 months, some may take up to 1 year, no more than that 

Everyone will respond differently to treatment of this kind. In some, improvements may be seen in a few weeks. In others it may be months.  

However, for most patients, teeth straightening with dental braces can take anywhere between six months to two yearsA good private dentist will be able to give you a proper estimate of how long your braces treatment will take. This will be based on their experience treating patients of similar requirements. 

Straightening teeth does take time. This is because your dentist is using specific techniques to shift your teeth into their correct alignment using gentle force. This must be done over time to protect teeth and gums from damage and give reliable, permanent results with minimum discomfort to the patient. A good private dentist will explain every stage of the process and make sure their patient feels comfortable with the treatment being undertaken.  

Choose Aesthetika For Braces 

If you’re considering teeth straightening for aesthetic purposes, or to correct other dental health issues then Aesthetika can help you.  

We offer affordable, professional treatment in our Kingston based practice and have a range of different treatment options depending on your needs and your dental health requirements.  

Aesthetika understand that teeth straightening is a treatment that needs careful discussion and consideration with each patient and we’re happy to talk you through all your options.  

It doesn’t matter whether you require traditional metal braces, Invisalign technology or Fastbraces ® we can help you make the right decision to suit your budget and your lifestyle. If you’d like more information and help on the services we offer, visit our website or call us today for an informal chat.