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What Factors Determine How Long You’ll Have to Wear Braces?


People of all ages, just like you, are considering orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Maybe you’ve lost some teeth and your teeth are shifting. Or you have crooked teeth and hate your smile. From adolescence to the senior years, you can get fitted with braces to improve your smile once again and regain good oral health.

One of the most common questions dentists hear is, “How long will I have to wear my braces?” The answer basically is as long as it takes. Unfortunately, there are many factors that go into how long the process takes for each person. Generally, however, the average length of time is less than two years, but, again, this can vary for many reasons.

For example, if you have an underlying health condition, you may require longer or shorter time periods for braces. Health problems, such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, and cancer may impact your ability to get braces at all. And, for sure, can have a bearing on how long the braces are worn.

If you have a specific medical condition, it’s a good idea to get a medical exam before consulting with a dentist to help clarify special conditions. That way the dentist can adjust the timeline for wearing braces as needed.

If you’re someone who’s not likely to closely follow the oral dental care prescribed for orthodontia treatment, then you may prolong the braces process.

However, if you are compliant and eager to reap the exciting benefits of an attractive new smile, you’ll will probably wear your braces for the shortest amount of time and typically see the most effective results.

Orthodontic treatment is like other types of medical treatment. The more closely you follow the doctor’s orders, the more quickly the cure will be achieved.  Unless, of course you have a potentially disruptive medical condition.


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If you need further information, want to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at Airdrie Springs Dentist at 587 317 4161 or click here to visit our website.