In reality, the exact treatment time for teeth straightening will depend on several factors, and no two people will have the same experience.
In this month’s blog, we will discuss the major factors that can affect how long your treatment will take, and help you decide if teeth straightening is the right choice for your teeth.
How Long Does It Take to Start Treatment with Teeth Straightening?
The first step in your teeth straightening treatment is coming in for an initial consultation. During your initial consultation, your dentist will take photos, study models and x-rays to evaluate your teeth. Once the evaluation is complete, they will be able to create your custom treatment plan to help you achieve a straighter smile.
After approving your treatment plan, you can schedule your appointment to start your teeth straightening treatment.
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
The average treatment time for teeth straightening is six months to two years. Most people will start seeing results from their treatment in about three to six months. The factor that has the most influence over your treatment time is your condition’s severity. Severe misalignments and bite issues will take longer to treat than typical cases of crowding or spacing. To put things simply, more movement takes more time.
How Can I Ensure My Treatment Time Is as Short as Possible?
Your cooperation is crucial to ensure your teeth straightening treatment is safe and goes according to plan. You will need to attend for regular review appointments so the dentist can check your treatment progress. If you miss appointments, your treatment could be delayed. Consistency is critical for both review appointments and treatment instructions.
Healthy teeth move the fastest and most effectively, so good oral hygiene is essential to ensure your treatment is as short as possible. Brush your teeth in the mornings, evenings, and after meals to prevent food and/or plaque build-up. You should use interdental cleaning aids daily.
Overall, the biggest factor that will affect your treatment time is the severity of your condition. More complex misalignments simply take longer to treat, so some patients will always have a longer treatment time. Follow a good oral hygiene routine and schedule your review appointments consistently to make sure your treatment is as fast as possible.