How long do braces stay on for?

How long do braces stay on for?

At the Perfect Smile Studios, we use a bespoke approach for brace treatment.

This means that you will have a bespoke plan of action, especially for you based upon your specific need and requirements. 

You will have a consultation initially where we will discuss what types of brace choices best suit your requirements.

Defining the length of time required

The length of time your braces need to stay on varies from person to person and is dependent on the following:

The complexity of your treatment plan.

This depends upon the foundation of your teeth. During your clinical examination, we look to see how bad your teeth are to begin with and what condition the teeth are in. We also look to see what position your teeth are currently in.

Everybody varies as to the amount of work involved. If your case is more complicated then your braces may remain on for longer than others that were having similar brace treatment.

For this reason, we always give a range of time as to how long the treatment would last. Straighten your teeth today.

Your specific aesthetic requirements.

We will first establish your aesthetic goals. This allows us to understand which treatment would best fit your requirements and lifestyle needs.

If you require a “perfect Smile” then it may involve more work. This is because we are not only perfectly re-aligning the teeth but we are also introducing further subtle corrections which may take longer to produce.

If further cosmetic dentistry is required, the overall length of your treatment can also be longer.

your choice of the treatment.

Some of you may prefer a particular choice of treatment to another since you may have certain wants from that treatment.

For example, you may want the treatment to be completely unnoticeable. So your preference of treatment also plays a role in how long your particular treatment will last.

The average treatment time is approximately 15 months. However, you may be willing to wear the aligners for a longer length of time because they are the most invisible of all orthodontic treatments for adults.

For example if you prefer Clear Aligners (as oppose to bracket and wire systems) then your treatment can last anything from 3 to 24 months.

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Certain treatments like braces require regular visits to the dentists to make the necessary adjustments and tighten the braces. You may have limited time in your schedule for such regular visits. The dentist can then help to choose teeth straightening systems that do not require as many appointments.

Also you may be a type of person that does not like to follow home instructions such as regularly changing your aligners. In this case a bracket and wire brace system may be more appropriate for you.

Treatments are chosen depending upon your lifestyle requirements and this may alter the length of time you will need to wear the brace or teeth straightening treatment.

orthodontic system correct for you.

The length of the treatment is dependent upon which teeth straightening system you choose.

For example, clear aligner treatment lasts from 3 to 24 months; however, most bracket and wire systems vary from 3 to 9 months.

The CFast brace system works faster than the six-month smile brace system since it focuses primarily on the movement of the front six teeth only. This makes treatment faster as there are limited bone changes involved and it deals with fewer teeth.

personal variations

In some people it just takes longer to move the teeth. This may be due to differences in bone quality and your susceptibility to changes.

Hence, you may be wearing the braces for a shorter or longer time period than initially expected for no other reason than your own body’s response to the treatment.

For more information, contact our practice on 01992 827122 and we can answer your questions or schedule an appointment. We have consulting rooms in London and in Hertfordshire.

Book a free consultation with us today and we can begin designing your treatment plan.

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The process starts with a FREE discovery consultation where we discuss your needs and requirements with a Computerised Photographic Assessment to help you understand the possibilities.

We are at this stage, able to assist you with potential options available to you.

Depending on your requirements we can customize and tailor-make individual treatments plan to suit your needs and budgets.

We can also provide you with a computer-aided smile analysis and a handcrafted Trial Preview, to gives you the opportunity to see your smile before we even touch your teeth.

We also use Bite Analysis technology to ensure a long-lasting, comfortable and healthy final result.

what bite problems invisalign treats

Invisalign treatment can be used to widely correct many orthodontic issues.

The procedure solves oral problems like:

  • Overcrowding, which causes crooked teeth
  • Diastema; spaces between teeth
  • Overjets
  • Narrow buccal corridors also referred to as narrow smiles/arches
  • Underbites
  • Rotated teeth
  • Crossbite

For the best results, you will be required to wear your aligners for 22 hours each day. They can be removed to eat, drink, floss and brush.

Yes, in order to avoid retention, retainers are to be worn following treatment – the length of time will vary from patient to patient and will be advised by the dentist during your consultation.

Invisalign timeline and steps

  • STEP 1: Comprehensive Assessment
  • STEP 2: Digital 3D CliniCheck Simulation
  • STEP 3: Personalised Aligner Manufacture
  • STEP 4: Fitting of Aligner
  • STEP 5: Review and Adjustment
  • STEP 6: Fixed & Vivera Retainer
  • STEP 7: Review
  • STEP 8: Refinement and Enhancement

We know that seeing is believing and with Invisalign SmileView, you can do exactly that; see your new smile.

All you need to do is upload a photo of yourself smiling to Invisalign in order to see how powerful the aligners could be to transform your smile and teeth.

You can upload via your mobile device and laptop and in just 30 seconds you can visualise what your smile could look like.

Take your selfie.

When visiting our practice for a consultation, we will show you a computer-generated simulation of your smile, so please do bear in mind that we will do extra work here to meet your requirements and expectations, so our results may vary slightly. But rest assured, the results will be great!

  • Removable
  • Invisible
  • Strengthens oral health
  • Does not disrupt the day-to-day
  • Treatment is done at home and in private
  • Fewer dental appointments
  • Monthly orthodontic readjustments
  • More comfortable
  • Powerful
  • Results are noticeable in just a few weeks
  • Faster
  • No wires, no brackets, no bands and no metal

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An unparalleled level of patient trust: Dr Rahul Doshi is the founder of the Perfect Smile and is the current President of the BACD. He is also rated one of the top 50 influential dentists in the UK.

With over 25 years of experience, Perfect Smile Studios has a highly skilled team that has access to the latest dental technology.

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Some discomfort can be experienced when wearing them for the first time as your mouth get used to them, however, this is nothing compared to the discomfort experienced when braces are tightened or placed. Made from SmartTrack materials, Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and non-disruptive to daily lives or activities.

You will be provided with spares in case this happens! However, if you have lost your spare you should get in touch with us immediately so we can organise for a new one to be sent to you.

compare invisalign against other brace systems

ConsiderationsInvisalignTraditional Braces
DurationWorn 22 hours a day (3-12 months)Cemented 24/7 (18 months)
MaintenanceAligners need to be kept clean by brushing and rinsingBrush teeth whilst wearing braces and floss
AppointmentsInitial consultation, fitting appointment and reviewRegular visits to get braces tightened and final removal
AftercareRequires a retainerRequires a retainer
Ideal forChildren, teens and adultsComplex dental problems

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Our free no obligation Initial Consultation will be with our dentist and/or our Treatment Coordinators. The suitability of options discussed will ultimately be dependent upon your clinical assessment with a dentist at the practice.
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