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I want my teeth straightened - how long will I need to wear braces for?

Recognising that you want treatment to straighten your teeth is the first step on a journey to a fantastic new smile and how long you need to wear braces for will depend on the treatment needed.

For many adults making the decision to have their teeth straightened can be impacted by the need to wear braces.

People can be concerned about how they will look when going out socially or at work.

At the end of the day braces are a temporary measure that will let you achieve your dream of a better smile.

Fortunately, there are now a number of discreet teeth straightening options that have been developed with discretion in mind.

How long will adult braces take to work?

How long you will have to wear a particular type of brace for differs and only your orthodontist will be able to give you an accurate timeframe for your personal treatment.

However, guidelines can help to give you an idea of what to expect. On average most teeth straightening treatments will be completed within 18 to 24 months.

The method of straightening that you chose and how complex your misalignment is will affect this.

What types of braces are there for adults?

Adults today enjoy an excellent range of braces to choose from when electing to correct an overbite, an underbite or to straighten misaligned teeth. These include:

Metal braces: These continue to be a widely used method of teeth straightening due to their efficiency. While metal braces may be more visible they are highly effective at moving teeth into place.

Ceramic braces: These are effectively the same as metal braces in their composition, however, the use of ceramic in a shade to match the natural colour of the teeth makes ceramic braces more discreet.

Lingual braces: Combining the efficiency of metal braces with the desire for discretion, lingual braces are designed to be worn on the back of the teeth. As a result they remain largely unseen while straightening treatment takes place.

Invisalign: The ultimate in braces, Invisalign is actually a system that uses translucent retainers to push the teeth into place. Made from moulds taken of your teeth by your private Stoke orthodontist the retainers are switched every couple of weeks to progress the movement of teeth. Made to fit neatly to your teeth, Invisalign ‘braces’ are essentially invisible.

Invisalign is also recognised as being a fast treatment, with results possible in as little time as 12 to 18 months.

Find a private orthodontist in Stoke

To achieve good results teeth straightening will take time, but if you are unhappy with the way that your teeth look it will be time well spent.

Whether you have a minor issue that was not severe enough for treatment as a child, or you have a more pronounced problem that you would like help with, our private orthodontist in Stoke will be able to advise you on the best action to take.

To get move a step closer to achieving your perfect smile contact Stoke Orthodontic today.