Orthodontic care helps you and your family members get the straight, beautiful, healthy smile you want. Some people seek orthodontic treatment because they’re self conscious about their teeth, and others see their orthodontist to treat health and hygiene concerns.

Either way, great orthodontic care can drastically improve how you look and feel.

Results matter, and so does your entire treatment experience. Mountain West Dental Group works hard to make sure you’re comfortable and confident during your entire orthodontic experience, from your first consultation to your last appointment.

How Orthodontia Works

Orthodontists use specialized appliances like braces and aligners to gradually move teeth into better positions. The constant, gentle pressure has to be strong enough to move teeth, but not so strong that it causes damage or bone loss.

Appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic materials. The metal brackets you picture when you think of braces are just one option, and as orthodontic technology has advanced, even those metal braces have gotten more comfortable and less visible.

Teeth move naturally throughout your life, even if you’ve had braces before. Your orthodontist simply speeds up and guides that movement to create a beautiful end result.

Modern orthodontic treatment works more quickly than ever, but it still takes time to get the smile you want.

As your teeth move into new positions, your jaw bones need time to adjust and grow around them. In fact, that’s one of the reasons it’s so important to wear your retainer as instructed after treatment is done.

How Long does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Getting orthodontic treatment is a highly individualized process. Treatment might take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years depending on lots of factors like:

  • The patient’s age
  • Chosen treatment methods
  • The severity of your alignment issues and malocclusions
  • The types of malocclusions you need to treat
  • Adherence to appointments and instructions

The better you follow directions and keep appointments, the faster your treatment will be.

For children, early intervention can help shorten treatment times and avoid problems that will pose greater challenges later. Even before all of your child’s baby teeth have fallen out, it’s wise to consult with an orthodontist to get early recommendations. In some cases, orthodontic treatment is needed to ensure adult teeth can grow in properly.

After your initial consultation, your orthodontist can give you an estimate of your personal treatment time. Schedule an appointment with Mountain West Dental Group today to get your estimate.