How Long Do Braces Take?

By February 7, 2017 July 7th, 2017 Before Braces, Blog, Life with Braces

how long do braces takeDo you have braces or think you (or your child) may need them? If so, you’re probably wondering, “How long do braces take?” This post provides info to help answer this question, as well as tips on how to help accelerate your time in braces.

How Long Do Braces Take to Straighten the Teeth?

There’s no clear-cut answer to this question. Oftentimes braces can straighten the teeth within an 18-month time period. However, orthodontic treatment time varies from person to person based on a number of factors. The length of time you spend in braces will be affected by whether or not you have:

  • Permanent teeth that haven’t erupted yet
  • Mild, moderate, or severe bite issues
  • Mild, moderate, or severe crowding or alignment problems
  • Permanent teeth that need to be removed
  • Impacted or missing teeth
  • Severe jaw-size discrepancies, which may require jaw surgery

Depending on these variables, braces may take less than a year. Or they may take 12-18 months, 18-24 months, or possibly up to 30 months or longer. For an individualized estimate of how long you will need to wear braces, schedule a consultation with St. Louis orthodontist, Dr. Dougherty. Contact us to set up your appointment today.

Is There Any Way to Speed Up Your Time In Braces?

If you are concerned about getting your braces off sooner rather than later, the best thing to do is follow all of your orthodontist’s instructions. Remember to take good care of your braces. Practice good oral hygiene, avoid foods and drinks that are bad for your teeth and braces, visit your orthodontist regularly, and continue to visit your dentist for cleanings at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment.

Another way to help speed up your time in braces is with AcceleDent®. AcceleDent is a hand-held medical device that could reduce your time in braces by up to 50%. Learn more about AcceleDent®.

If you have any more questions—like “How long do braces take?” or “Do braces hurt?” or “Am I a good candidate for AcceleDent?”—browse our blog or contact us. Call our office at 636.825.1000 or email