Nowadays, it is very common to find adults with braces than it was a few years ago. But for how long do adults need to wear braces?
Just like children, adults want to know how long their treatment will take. Since every case is unique, the treatment could take from several months to three years.
Four main factors impact the orthodontic treatment time for patients: age, the complexity of their case, compliance, and the type of braces. The number of orthodontic problems being treated and the complexity, mainly affect the treatment time.
Does the Age Matter?
As many people deduce, adult orthodontic treatment can take slightly longer than teenagers and children. Faster results are possible with children because their jaws are still growing, and teeth are still moving. Adult teeth take more effort to move into the desired position.
Complex Cases Take Longer
Every case is different, and some treatments are easier than others. The least possible time to wear braces can be as short as a few months to fix a basic problem like a spacing issue or a crooked tooth. However, some adults have complex cases with many problems to treat. Complex cases can take as long as three years for all teeth to be in the desired position.
The Type of Braces Affects Treatment Time
The treatment length can depend on the type of braces being used. Braces can be ceramic, lingual, or metal.
Metal and Ceramic Braces
High-grade stainless steel and ceramic braces are the most powerful treatment method available. They move teeth very effectively than lingual braces and clear aligners, thus a quicker movement into the desired position. There are high chances for these braces to give the best result in the shortest time possible.
Lingual braces are worn on the inside of teeth. They are a popular option for adults as they are virtually undetectable, but they take longer to treat.
For more detailed insight, get help from the experts at Brenham Family Dental and Orthodontics. Call us at 79-421-9685.