How Long Do Adults Wear Braces To Straighten Teeth?

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Braces in London Waterloo

Getting braces treatment in London is a simple and effective process which focuses on gradually moving your teeth into the right position. There are a number of different types of braces that are available with orthodontists in London, including traditional metal braces, clear braces such as Invisalign and Fastbraces. Our orthodontics team at Whites Dental in London Waterloo will gladly answer all your questions regarding orthodontic braces.

Orthodontic treatment can be used to correct issues such as overcrowding, gaps and spacing issues. It can also be used to correct other issues such as underbites and overbites.

How long will it take braces to straighten your teeth?

Whichever type of brace you end up choosing, the end result will be the same- to effectively and gently move your teeth into the right position. The time it takes to do this will vary from individual to individual and will also depend on your overall oral health.

If traditional metal braces are being used, they are attached to each tooth with dental wire threaded through each bracket. Every so often, the wire is tightened by the dentist at regular intervals, so that your teeth will gradually shift into the right position.   In the case of clear or invisible dental braces, like Invisalign or Fastbraces bonding to the teeth isn’t required and retainers don’t need to be worn at all or worn for very minimal periods each day. They can also be taken out when eating or drinking or to clean them. They can often be a better option for adults who have decided to undertake teeth straightening at a later age and want something discreet.

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What is involved in the Teeth Straightening Process?

If you’re considering having your teeth straightened, then the process will often involve the following steps:

Initial consultation with dentist – An initial meeting will be set up with your dentist so that they can do a full dental examination of your current oral health and the alignment of your teeth. Your dentist will then make a recommendation for the right type of braces for you.   In certain situations, it may be necessary to have some tooth extraction(s) before straightening can commence. If this is the case, they will talk you through this process too, don’t worry.

First treatment session  – Your next appointment after your initial appointment will be where your braces will be fitted.   Your dentist will explain how to look after your teeth and your braces with use of good oral hygiene practices.   They will also explain any potential issues that might arise such as discomfort after the initial fitting and how you can manage this.

For most individuals, discomfort is minimal and can be managed with simple over the counter pain relievers.

Follow up appointments – Over the following next few months you will need to have regular follow up appointments with your dentist to have your braces tightened, or to have new aligners fitted (depending on the treatment you have opted for).   At these appointments, your dentist will also check how your treatment is progressing and discuss any changes to your dental plan if need be.

Removal of braces  – When your teeth are straight and you are happy with the way your teeth look- the treatment is complete! Your braces will need to be professionally removed and your teeth examined one last time. Your dentist near me may advise you to wear a retainer for a few months, if necessary, to keep your teeth in alignment and not revert back to their old position.

Treatment Times for Teeth Straightening

The time it takes to straighten teeth can vary from patient to patient. It depends on a number of factors such as how severe the dental issues are, for example:

  • Severity of crowding
  • Any spacing and bite issues
  • The treatment option you choose

Majority of cases take anywhere from 6 months to 1 year, however bear in mind it could take less o could take more.   Every individual responds differently to treatment of this kind. In some, improvements can be seen in a few weeks and in others it may be months.   However, teeth straightening with dental braces can take anywhere between six months to two years, for most patients.

A good dentist will be able to give you a proper estimate of how long your braces treatment will take based on their experience treating patients of similar needs.  Straightening teeth does take time. This is because your dentist is using specific techniques to move your teeth into their correct alignment using gentle force.

Your dentist will explain every stage of the process and make sure their patient feels comfortable with the treatment being undertaken.

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If you’re considering teeth straightening for aesthetic purposes, or to correct other dental health issues, then Whites Dental can help you.   We offer affordable, professional treatment in our Waterloo based practice and have a range of different treatment options depending on your needs and your dental health requirements.

Here at Whites Dental we understand that teeth straightening is a treatment that needs careful discussion and consideration with each patient and our dental team will be happy to talk you through all your options. It doesn’t matter whether you require traditional metal braces, Invisalign technology or Fastbraces, we can help you make the right decision to suit your budget and your lifestyle.

If you need more information on braces treatment in London, please visit our orthodontics homepage in the following link –

Our braces team in London Waterloo offers a wide range of orthodontic braces for adults. Please feel free to book a free consultation by calling or emailing us. Our contact details are listed at the bottom of this page. This page provides information on how long adults wear braces to straighten teeth.

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