The most basic service a family dentist provides is to check the condition of the teeth and the patient’s general oral hygiene. It involves looking inside the mouth, using a light and mirror to see in detail. A good regimen of toothbrushing and oral hygiene will help the dentist keep the dental checkup quick and…
How Long Does It Take for Clear Braces to Straighten Your Teeth?
Clear braces have grown in popularity over the past couple of decades due to their discreet nature. They are transparent, rigid plastic trays that apply a constant force to a person's teeth when worn. They slowly move the person's teeth toward a more appropriate alignment.
Treatment with clear braces starts with the patient getting a series of aligner trays that they use throughout their treatment. The person wears each tray for a couple of weeks before replacing them with another that is further down the series. This gradual increase in the force being applied to the patient's teeth leads to a more comfortable experience and shorter treatment lengths.
How long will treatment with clear braces take?
There is no standard answer to this question. How long a person has to wear clear braces to get their teeth to the desired alignment varies depending on a number of factors, like the type of orthodontic issues the person has, the severity of the patient's condition and how healthy the structures that support the patient's teeth are.
The average treatment time with clear braces is about 12 to 18 months. Patients who need only mild corrections can be done with their treatment in as little as 10 weeks. Certain orthodontic problems cannot be treated with clear braces, like problems caused by the position of the patient's jaw. People with such issues might have to explore other options, like metal braces and jaw expanders.
Factors that affect the length of time that a patient has to wear clear aligners
- How much the person's teeth need to be moved to the target position
- How disciplined the patient is when it comes to wearing their clear aligners for at least 20 hours each day
- The severity of the patient's alignment issues
Clear braces can be used to correct a variety of dental problems, like underbites, crossbites, overbites, crowded teeth and spaces between teeth that are less than 6mm. Gaps that are larger than that might need cosmetic treatments like bridges, composite resins, veneers or crowns to close them up.
People with mildly crowded teeth typically complete their treatments between six to 12 months. Clear braces are typically not the best way to deal with severe crowding. The dentist might recommend an extraction instead and metal braces.
Clear braces are an effective way to straighten teeth for people of all ages as long as they can stay committed to the treatment. It comes with benefits like:
- Lower risk of tooth decay
- Removable appliances that do not hinder meals or oral hygiene
- Faster treatment
- More comfortable treatment
- Discreet treatment
Straighten your teeth with clear braces
Clear braces are the way to go if you are looking for teeth straightening treatments that will not lead to people staring at you whenever you open your mouth. Call or visit our Greensboro clinic to learn more about these oral appliances and how long treatment with them will take.
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