How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last?

How long does orthodontic treatment last? We look at the answer, which is difficult to pin down. However, we can suggest average timelines for orthodontic treatments like Invisalign or braces.

Then, please see the video below in which Dr. Glaser discusses the question.

Dr. Barry J. Glaser is a leading orthodontist serving the Westchester County area for over two decades. We offer the latest cutting-edge technologies and personalized care in a friendly, comfortable, and fun environment.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take (On Average)?

Today, there is a wide range of orthodontic treatments available for everyone ages seven and up. Now, more adults than ever are beginning treatment and getting incredible results. 

Over the years, orthodontic treatments have continuously improved. Now, you can achieve your dream smile in less time with discreet and convenient options like Invisalign and translucent In-Ovation-C braces.

Average Time for Invisalign and Braces

Now, we’ll look at the average times for orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign.

For those with healthy teeth and gums, the average time for Invisalign and braces can be between six months (for minor adjustments) to three years (for advanced complex correction). On average, the time tends to be between 12 to 18 months.

As you can see, the average times vary widely. Why? Let’s look at a few of the many reasons next.

Treatment Time Varies Due to Many Factors

As noted, treatment times vary widely due to many factors. Below, we’ll point out a few of those issues.

Severity of Malocclusions

In many cases, people may have only a slight malocclusion (misalignment). Most of the time, people have an overbite, causing their front teeth to extend beyond their lower teeth. In a minor case, treatment time may only require six months.

On the other hand, others have advanced misalignments. For example, there may be considerable gaps or crooked teeth, or misaligned jaws causing pain and discomfort. When it comes to malocclusions, there are many types:

  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Spacing issues
  • Openbite
  • Crowding
  • Dental Midlines not Matched

Unfortunately, as many as nine in 10 people have teeth that are at least slightly misaligned or maloccluded. See more about each of these common problems here.

Fortunately, with orthodontic care, our patients can dramatically improve their appearances and self-esteem. As we align the teeth and jaws, we improve oral and overall health. Therefore treatment does much more than transform smiles but also improves life’s quality.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last – For Adults?

Today, more adults are getting started with orthodontic care. A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.

With the new techniques and appliances, we can make treatment more comfortable, shorten the frequency of visits and treatment time. Plus, we offer discreet options that no longer have the “metal mouth” look.

However, orthodontic treatment times for adults may average a little longer. In younger patients, the jawline tends to be more flexible, and teeth may be more responsive to movement. So, adults may require more time to achieve the best results. However, those results are amazing, as you can see in our Galleries.

You Can Help Reduce How Long Orthodontic Treatment Lasts

Importantly, patients play a big role in helping keep orthodontic treatment on track. For example, routinely cleaning your Invisalign aligners helps maintain oral health during treatment. Also, being mindful of what foods to avoid helps treatment go faster.

Similarly, keeping your teeth brushed and flossed throughout treatment will help. 

For Invisalign patients, it can be tempting to take out the aligners. However, one must wear the aligners except when eating, drinking, and cleaning teeth. By keeping your aligners in place, you can reach your dream smile faster.

How Long Will Your Treatment Last?

To find out how long your orthodontic treatment will last, get started with a free consultation. After examining your smile, Dr. Glaser can approximate treatment time. Also, he can determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign, braces, or other care. 

Today, you can choose a free virtual consultation, allowing you can stay home and get the facts. 

Find out more about virtual consultations here, or click on the blue button on the bottom right of the screen that reads, “Start your Virtual Appointment!”

With your free consult, you can learn about our affordable payment plans, insurance coverage, and get answers to any questions. 

As always, we’re here for you at 914.739.6400 to answer any questions.

We hope this has been helpful as you consider “How long does orthodontic treatment last?”

Proudly providing orthodontic services to Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. Including Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac, Croton-On-Hudson, and Cold Spring.

Below, see Dr. Glaser answer the question, “How long does orthodontic treatment last?”