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Brace treatment time

The whole purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best of your teeth. This means straightening your teeth so you're able to care for your teeth and gums more easily, and improving your bite so you can eat more comfortably. Not to mention your smile will benefit too!


One of the most frequent questions we get asked is how long treatment takes. Now obviously that all depends on the patient, severity of the case and what procedure you undertake. 


However, we’d still like to clear the air so carry on reading to find out the rough length of treatment for each of the appliances we offer.


Metal Braces

Metal braces, also known as train track braces, use metal brackets with elastic ties to hold the wire in place.

Treatment for metal braces usually lasts from 18 months to 2 years with visits to the orthodontist being needed roughly every 6 to 8 weeks.


Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are essentially the same as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets and so can't be seen noticeably on the teeth.

This treatment takes about 18 months to 3 years to straighten teeth; a similar length to metal braces.


Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are clear plastic trays that offer a discreet way of straightening teeth.

The average amount of time it takes for clear aligners to work is around 1 year, but this all depends on the severity of the case.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are another discreet option that involves attaching the orthodontic brackets onto the backs of the teeth, making them virtually invisible.

Most patients will wear them between 1 and 2 years before they get the desired results, with extreme cases taking slightly longer.


Self Ligating Braces

Self ligating braces are a more comfortable orthodontic treatment and use small metal clips to keep the wire in place instead of elastic bands.

Treatment with metal braces typically takes 18 months to 2 years but these braces can cut that time down by 6 months.


Functional Braces

Functional braces are used to correct bite effectively and quickly. Treatment time can last for up to 1 year, and is usually followed by a fixed appliance treatment such as metal braces.


You can ask for more advice when you call up today on 0161 768 0931 or alternatively you can contact us through our website.