Sometimes it feels like you may be wearing our braces forever. You may be considering this orthodontic treatment, but are wary about having to wear them for too long. Let’s take a look at why you need to get braces and how long your treatment may take.
Why Do I Need Braces?
Getting braces can either be cosmetic or necessary for your oral health and hygiene. Oftentimes, we want to close the gaps between our teeth or fix our jutting out or overcrowded teeth. Other times, it’s common to get braces to fix an over-bite or an under-bite. Fixing your teeth, whether cosmetic or medically necessary, can be done with traditional braces.
Traditional Braces 101
Traditional metal braces are the most recognized type of braces. They consist of metal brackets that are bonded onto the teeth and held together with metal wires. These types of braces are the most durable braces and are most often used to fix common problems, which is why we see them so often. Having traditional braces includes regular visits to your orthodontist every six to eight weeks for maintenance, like tightening brackets and wires.
How Braces Work
Your treatment process is highly customized to you and your teeth’s condition, so the way your braces will work will be different from how your friend’s braces will work. However, braces generally work the same for everybody that has them. Between the next six months to two years, you’ll make regular visits to your orthodontist’s office to adjust your brackets, bands and wires. Your teeth slowly shift over time, revealing your brand new smile at the end of the process.
So, How Long Do I Need to Wear Braces?
Because nobody’s mouth is exactly the same, the length of your treatment will vary depending on your specific condition. The average time people wear their braces at Savage, Sabol and Visser Orthodontics is between six months and two years. We understand this sounds like a big variance, but that’s because there is a big variance in the conditions of teeth. You can make a consultation with our orthodontists to talk one-on-one about your customized treatment plan.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of your braces will depend on the type of braces you get, the length of your treatment and the condition of your teeth and jaw before treatment. You can talk about the cost of your treatment while you’re finding out about how long your treatment will take during your consultation. If you are worried about paying for everything in one lump sum, don’t be too concerned. The doctors at Savage, Sabol and Visser offer financing options that allow you to break up your payments into smaller, more manageable monthly payments.
If you are interested in learning more about the length of your orthodontic treatment, contact us to schedule your free one-on-one consultation.