When Are My Braces Coming Off?
Having braces put on can cause a whirlwind of emotions, but one of the first questions most commonly asked is; “How long will these be on?” The length of time that braces are on varies from person to person, but there are some common components that can prolong the process. The average treatment is about two years, but there are some factors that can interfere with the time frame. Hopefully we can answer some of the questions you may have!
Dr. Perelmuter & Goldberg’s treatment time estimates are generally based upon the complexity of the bite problems our patients have. If teeth are more severely mal-aligned; unable to erupt into the mouth; if there are skeletal problems; treatment estimates may be longer. However, there are other factors that affect time in treatment.
First and foremost, ask yourself if you’ve been keeping up with your oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing, and eating the correct foods (later explained in point 3). If your teeth and gums are not healthy during the process, it creates an environment more difficult to work with. If plaque builds onto your teeth while having the braces on this can interfere with the time frame given by your orthodontist as well. So remember, even though you’re feeling really sleepy right before bed time, it’s better to take those couple of minutes to brush your teeth than to have to add a couple of months onto your treatment.
Body’s (Biological) Response
How your body reacts to the procedure and the appliances that are added can affect the amount of time your braces are on. Unfortunately this can be totally out of your control, but it can happen. You can be doing all of the right things, yet your body wants to prevent the process. Some teeth move faster than others, some are slower and some might not move at all. If you happen to have slower moving teeth, don’t let this get you down. Keep up the good work, and after it’s all said and done you will be thrilled with the results.
The types of improper foods you eat while wearing braces can be one of the most common setbacks. Before the appliances are put on you get a list of foods that should not be eaten during the duration of treatment. We don’t give you this list to be a stickler; we give you this to help keep the process on the right track. If a bracket breaks because of certain foods, then during that time your braces are not doing the job properly causing the length of time to be extended.
Types of food to stay away from:
- Hard taco shells
- Sticky or hard candies
- Corn chips
We here at Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics have the greatest interest in your orthodontic care!