Dr. Nayanika 

Last Modified: May 08, 2023


Table of Contents

  1. The Degree of Misalignment in Your Teeth
  2. The Alignment of Your Bite
  3. Types of Braces

As dental technology continues to advance, orthodontic treatments have become more accessible, efficient, and comfortable. Metal braces have been the most common choice of orthodontic treatment for years, but people often wonder how long it will take to see results. In this blog, we will delve into the details of the duration required for metallic braces to show results.

Typically, braces need to be worn for 1 to 3 years on average, although the duration may vary depending on individual circumstances.

The Degree of Misalignment in Your Teeth
One of the most frequent reasons for wearing braces is to address issues such as overcrowding, or spacing between your teeth. If left untreated, these problems can lead to cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear. The duration of your braces treatment will depend on the severity of your condition. For instance, correcting teeth alignment may require tooth extractions to create additional space in your mouth.

The Alignment of Your Bite
It’s possible that your bite may not align correctly, which may require you to seek treatment for one of the several types of bite problems:

  • Open bite
  • Deep bite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite

However, fixing bite problems with braces may take longer compared to treating misaligned teeth alone.

Dietary Guidelines for Brace Wearers
Following your orthodontist’s dietary guidelines is essential for achieving the best results from your orthodontic treatment. Foods that are sticky, hard, or crunchy can damage your braces, potentially prolonging your treatment time and requiring additional appointments for repairs. This includes candy and gum and healthy snacks like raw vegetables and popcorn. When you eat these types of foods, they can get stuck in your braces or cause brackets to break off.

While it’s important to be mindful of what you eat, it’s equally important to maintain a well-balanced diet that supports your overall health. Orthodontic patients should avoid sugary foods and drinks that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which can complicate their treatment. Consuming a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is important for strong teeth and bones and can help speed up your orthodontic treatment.

Types of Braces

There are two types of braces:

Metal braces:
Metal braces are an orthodontic treatment option that involves attaching brackets to your teeth and threading them together with metal wires. Your orthodontist will adjust these wires every few weeks to gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. Metal braces are typically recommended for more severe cases of teeth misalignment and can effectively correct a wide range of dental issues, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, and bite problems. With proper care and regular adjustments, metal braces can achieve significant results, leaving you with a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Ceramic Braces:
Ceramic braces work similarly to metal braces, but they are made of clear or tooth-coloured materials, making them less noticeable. Ceramic braces are an excellent option for people who want to avoid the look of metal braces.

However, the types of braces don’t affect the duration of the teeth alignment period as both types of braces work similarly, they only differ based on look.

Closing Remarks
Metallic braces are devices designed to straighten and align your teeth and jaw. This process can lead to not only aesthetic benefits but also improvements in your oral health. The duration of wearing braces will vary for each individual, depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues that need to be corrected. It is possible to wear braces for several months or even a few years until the desired results are achieved.


Dr. Nayanika

May 08, 2023