Timelines for Various Orthodontic Treatments

Posted on March 7, 2023


Are you exploring the different types of orthodontic treatments for you or your child? Braces? Clear aligners? Are you wondering how long each one could take? We’re here to help you. Read on to learn more.


This is the most common way to straighten your teeth. There are several different types of braces – regular metal ones that go in front of the teeth and have wires running through them, lingual ones that go behind the teeth, and self-ligating ones. How long you wear the braces depends on the state of your teeth, but you could have them for up to two years, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.


These are clear aligners that look like mouthguards. You change them every week or two weeks depending on your program. It usually takes between one year and 1.5 years to get the results that you want. Each situation is unique, though. Talk with your orthodontist to see what they think. Sometimes, braces may be the only option to turn some teeth into the correct position.

Orthodontic Headgear

This may be done in conjunction with braces, or it may be used to correct things like an underbite or an overbite. You may wear it overnight in some situations, and at other times, you might have to wear it for up to 16 hours a day. Your orthodontist will put brackets on your upper or lower back teeth and then slide the headgear in. A strap on the back of your head holds everything in place and maybe tightened over time. The overall time is a year to two years.

The state of your mouth will help decide what kind of orthodontic treatment you get. It may even be necessary to have a tooth or two pulled to make room for a crooked tooth to be turned into the correct spot. Your orthodontist will closely inspect your mouth and will likely do some imaging to get the clearest picture of what needs to be done. They will discuss that with you, and you can make an informed decision.

Are you in need of orthodontic treatment? Do you need help deciding which one might be the best one for you or your child? Contact us today!

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