It is one of the most asked questions at the time of consultation, how long do braces take to work? This is usually a concern for adults or teenagers who are in this position of getting one. The wearing time span concerns them a lot since it hampers aesthetics.

On the whole, an average amount of 24 months’ time is how long braces take to work and show effect. Although the main factor is the severity of the condition. It is possible for some patients to need less time, even lesser than 12 months. Whereas there are also individuals requiring up to a total of 3 years of treatment to make their teeth turn in the desired direction for a good smile.

Every patient’s mouth is different; it is unique; therefore, there is no one fit for all solutions in this case. Therefore there is no certainty of the exact time of treatment; it varies from person to person. Here is a list of some factors influencing how long will the braces take to work.

Treatment Type

Patients requiring this orthodontic treatment have more than one options to choose from. You have traditional old school metal braces, then ceramic ones, and lastly, clear braces. Metal braces have wires made of stainless steel, this makes them very strong, and that is why they are a popular choice amongst many. On the other hand, ceramic braces and clear aligners look better than metal ones.


During growth years like toddlers and teens, the results are much faster as compared to adults since their jaw bones are still growing. That is why it is easier to manipulate the direction of their teeth. However, this does not mean every adult would need a few years to wear braces.

Severity of The Condition

Another important factor is the condition of one’s case. How severe is your issue. If it is mild spacing/crowding trouble, it will take no more than a year or maybe even less.

Do’s and don’ts

Here are some do’s and don’ts list from orthodontists to help make your treatment successful.


  • Brush your teeth every day, either twice or after eating.
  • Floss once daily.
  • Always rinse your teeth with water.
  • Make time for your appointments with the orthodontist for regular adjustments and cleanings.
  • If you have adjustable appliances such as clear aligners, rubber bands, expanders, or headgear, follow all the instructions mentioned.
  • See your orthodontist immediately if your braces break.

The Don’ts

  • Do not eat sugary, sticky, crunchy, or hard to chew foods.
  • Try to avoid drinking sugary or carbonated beverages.
  • Avoid trying to fix broken braces yourself.

Patient Compliance

Following instructions of extreme importance. If the patient abides by all the protocols, the orthodontist will ensure a successful treatment. Some of them include maintaining apt oral hygiene, keeping up with your dental appointments and use of appliances as told.

Final Thoughts

Your orthodontist will be able to tell you how long the braces will take to make things right for your smile. Call one of the dentists at Dynamic Dental Solutions for help in case of any query. To reach us, dial 281 837 9090.

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