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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
February 19, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

Find out more about the average length of treatment needed to get that straighter smile.

How many times have you wished that you had straighter teeth? It’s hard not to be a little envious of friends when you see that they have a smile that you also wish you had. However, you can also get one step close to the smile you want when you get orthodontics Bracesin St. Charles. This option can be particularly unappealing when you are a teenager or adult; however, braces have certainly come a long way to being more comfortable and attractive than they once were. Find out more about getting braces and the treatment process.

Getting Braces

Not all braces are created equal, so the first thing you and your St. Charles orthodontist will do is sit down and discuss the goals of your treatment. From there we can talk to you about your options. While traditional metal braces are often the number one option for children and those with more complex dental cases, we do have other incredible options including clear porcelain braces, lingual braces and even Invisalign—the “invisible” way to straighten teeth.

Wearing Braces

The length of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your case and what we are trying to correct. Most children, on average, will wear their braces for anywhere from one to three years. While some of it does depend on your child’s development and what needs to be corrected, your child’s oral hygiene will also have some influence. This means avoiding foods that could damage braces and going to your St. Charles orthodontist regularly for routine care and maintenance.

Adult who opt for braces will sometimes need to wear them a little longer than children. The average length of orthodontic treatment for adults is about 18 months to three years. Most patients, no matter what their age, may also need to wear a retainer for a while after their braces have been removed to prevent their teeth from moving back to their original position.

If you are interested in getting braces in St. Charles then it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lynn Lipskis, DDS at St. Charles Family Dentistry, Ltd. We would be happy to sit down with you and discuss your orthodontic options.