At Riverview Orthodontics, we often get asked, “When will my braces come off?” This is a common question that patients have, and it’s understandable why! Getting your braces off is a big deal; everyone wants to know when to expect their big reveal. However, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this. Today, we will provide you with everything to know about what affects your braces timeline and the main determining factors.
Factors out of your control
When it comes to getting your braces off, the answer will depend on several factors. While the average range is around 12-36 months, Dr. Mike Upton requires an in-depth evaluation that involves X-rays and other digital scanning techniques to provide a more accurate timeline. This allows us to provide our patients with personalized care that meets their individual needs and goals. Some of the factors that determine when you will get your braces off include:
For children, braces are usually removed within 12-18 months. This is because their developing bones and teeth make shifting much more manageable than fully developed adult teeth. For adults, it can take longer depending on the severity of their case and the type of treatment they need.
Some people are genetically predisposed to have specific jaw and bite issues, such as overbites, underbites, and crossbites, that may take longer to treat. Genetics can also influence how long it takes for the teeth to adjust to the braces.
The severity of your issues
If you have severe misalignment or overcrowding, this can take more time to correct than if you have a few minor issues. For example, serious jaw issues like TMJ may require corrective surgery to supplement your treatment.
Factors you can control (to ensure a speedy process!)
Despite all of the predispositions that are out of your control, we have some good news! Luckily, you have the power to help expedite the process and get your braces off as scheduled. These include:
Maintaining excellent oral hygiene.
This means brushing and flossing regularly and following Riverview Orthodontics’ instructions for optimal braces care.
Attending regular checkups
Riverview Orthodontics recommends having regular checkups every 4-6 weeks to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments.
Wearing rubber bands
If Dr. Upton has prescribed rubber bands, you must wear them as directed to achieve the best results.
Maintaining a braces-friendly diet.
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums requires a balanced diet that is low in sugar and rich in whole foods. It’s also important to avoid eating sticky, hard, or crunchy foods that can damage your braces, requiring more frequent adjustments and repairs.
To get the most out of your treatment, following Dr. Upton’s instructions for cleaning and caring for your braces is essential! This may require special tools such as interdental flossers or Waterpiks.
Start smiling bigger and brighter with Riverview Orthodontics.
Don’t be intimidated by the potential timeline of your braces treatment. At Riverview Orthodontics, Dr. Upton and his team strive to give you the best care possible to ensure a speedy recovery. By following our instructions and doing your part, you can expect to get your braces off as scheduled!
If you want to know more about orthodontics or would like to schedule a free consultation, contact us at our office today. We can’t wait to help you achieve your best smile!