When you’re thinking of orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member, one of the first questions you ask is this:
How long does it take to get straight teeth?
That’s not a question that’s easy to answer in a blog post. There are too many variables to consider, and everyone’s mouth is unique. You might be able to get the smile you want in as little as six months, or it might take two years to correct your malocclusions and bite.
For most people, the potential length of orthodontic treatment is a little concerning. We all have busy lives, and nobody wants to spend the next couple of years working on their teeth every few weeks.
So, what’s the absolute fastest way to get the straight, healthy smile you want?
Let’s talk about your options first.
Here’s the thing about using cosmetic dentistry to “straighten” your teeth – it doesn’t actually straighten your teeth.
Placing veneers over your teeth can help create the appearance that your teeth are properly aligned, especially if you have gaps or misshapen teeth.
Veneers can’t actually treat orthodontic problems like rotated teeth, bite problems, and jaw misalignment. Placing veneers on crooked teeth involves removing much of your natural tooth enamel, then bonding porcelain veneers on top of your existing teeth.
Often, it’s recommended that you use braces or other orthodontic treatment options to straighten your teeth before placing veneers. Keep in mind, too, that veneers have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, and they’re far more easily damaged than your natural teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is cost prohibitive for some people, and since veneers aren’t a viable option for everybody, you should consult with your orthodontist before trying to use veneers to get a straight smile.
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There are several new technologies available that are designed to accelerate the tooth straightening process.
Some of these methods involve bone stimulation, devices that apply pulsating pressure, or the surgical removal of bone tissue to speed up tooth movement.
Accelerated orthodontics are a relatively new practice in the field of orthodontia, and so far, they have been associated with elevated risks and a higher probability of regression after treatment. In other words, there are some dangers involved, and your teeth might not stay straight after treatment is completed.
What About Surgery?
Currently, there is no way to surgically straighten teeth.
The roots of your teeth are anchored in your jaw bones, and in order to move and straighten your teeth, that bone needs to reform and grow around your new smile. That’s why you have to wear a retainer when your treatment is done.
In some situations, you may have surgery in addition to a treatment option such as braces, but surgery is only necessary in extreme cases.
The Bottom Line – How Long Does Treatment Take?
You won’t know how long you can expect your personal orthodontic treatment to take until you consult with an orthodontist.
The field of orthodontia is far more advanced now than it was even 10 years ago, and treatments with appliances like braces and Invisalign don’t take as long as they used to. They’re also more comfortable today than they used to be.
Your orthodontist should explain your options clearly, and they’re not going to stretch your treatment out unnecessarily.
Instant orthodontics is a group of procedures that use porcelain veneers and dental crowns to eliminate gaps, correct overlaps, and improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile. It serves to replace traditional orthodontics when the patient desires a faster option with the ability to enhance the color and shape of teeth.
Depending on the combination of treatments, results may be reached in as few as two weeks or 2 – 3 appointments, as opposed to potential years-long orthodontic treatment. But timeliness is not the only benefit of instant orthodontics. Other advantages include:
- Stabilize and align your bite
- Whiten your smile
- Improve the function of crooked teeth
- Restore worn, chipped, or damaged teeth
The restorations used in instant orthodontics not only create straight teeth, they also rejuvenate teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile.
Candidates for Instant Orthodontics
Not everyone is a good candidate. Some people need braces or Invisalign® in order to correct the problems they are experiencing. The only way to know if the instant restorations are an option for you is to visit us for a consultation, in which he will answer all of your questions about instant orthodontics and help you choose the best treatment approach. People with severe overbite, underbite or crossbite may still require the services of an orthodontist to help provide the best long term results.
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