If you missed the opportunity to straighten your teeth when you were younger, and now need to have braces fitted as an adult, you may have conflicting feelings about the process. Although the chances of feeling embarrassed by your peers are over, you may still feel uncomfortable about having braces, and want to know exactly how long you will have to wear them. If you have had braces in the past and not had much success, you may be concerned that you will be putting yourself through a long period of misery without any positive outcome.
There is a common misconception with braces that you get the best results in younger patients. There is no upper age limit for results to be achieved, and we offer a wide variety of systems that can help meet a whole host of patients needs. Our braces that we offer are designed to achieve the best results for each individual case.
Adults may also be suffering from problems connected with teeth misalignment, such as overbite, the lower jaw fitting into the wrong place in your mouth, and problems with the jaw joint itself. Your dentist may recommend braces to fix these problems, and the length of time that you can expect to wear braces will depend on what needs to be repositioned.
Your dentist may be able to give you a rough estimate of how long it will take for your teeth to align properly. Adult braces cases will vary from patient to patient, and can be completed as short as a couple of months, to a year or so (case dependant). What type of braces you choose to wear will also affect the length of time it takes for your teeth to align themselves correctly. For example, if you choose to wear removable aligners, then you can take out the braces whenever you want (it is advised you wear these for the majority of the day). This may make the time frame for aligning your teeth much longer.
Even after the braces have done their work, you will need to wear a retainer (included in treatment) to ensure the teeth stay in place while the gums settle around them again. With all of our orthodontic treatment we include a fixed bonded retainer (on the backs of the teeth) and a removable retainer to wear at night (similar to a gum shield). This helps protect your teeth from an orthodontic relapse, as well as protect your investment on the treatment itself.