There are different types of orthodontic treatment and everyone’s alignment is different, therefore, the length of the treatment does vary between patients. The average time is 18-24 months but can be longer or less depending on a number of factors.
Firstly, the types of treatment you receive will alter the time taken. Traditional braces and lingual braces can take as little as 6 months but also up to two years. Invisalign, which is becoming the more popular choice due to its aesthetics and removable mouthpiece, can add 3-6 months on to the standard treatment time. Additionally, any orthodontic treatment which involves jaw surgery can take three or more years.
Patient compliance is another major factor contributing to the length of your orthodontic treatment. If you listen to your orthodontist’s instructions carefully, and always attend your scheduled appointments, then you will be on the right track to finishing your treatment in the shortest time possible. On the other hand, if you do not care for your orthodontic appliances or, in the case of invisalign, do not wear the mouthpiece as frequently as advised, then this will extend the time taken to complete your treatment.
A consultation with your orthodontist will help to determine which treatment is the best for you and will be able to advise you of an estimated completion time based on your individual case.