A pediatric dentist works with your child to treat their condition and teach them the importance of oral health from a young age. Misalignment and malocclusions are quite common in children and adolescents as their teeth develop. There are several reasons a child might require braces. Treating these conditions early on can help guide their…
How Long Do Cosmetic Braces Take to Straighten Teeth?
Cosmetic braces are a great alternative to traditional braces, which are far more visible while they are worn. However, many patients still have concerns about how long the cosmetic brackets process takes to straighten teeth. Learning more about what cosmetic braces are and how long the treatment process takes can help you determine if treatment is appropriate for your needs.
What is the timeline for cosmetic braces?
The amount of time cosmetic brackets take to straighten teeth depends on the severity of the misalignment that is being corrected, the type of cosmetic braces, and how well the patient follows the treatment plan. In general, cosmetic braces can take between six months to more than 24 months to complete.
What are cosmetic braces?
Cosmetic braces are an alternative cosmetic treatment option to traditional braces. Of course, traditionally, braces involve metal brackets and wires that are highly visible by others while the patient smiles. Cosmetic braces are much more discreet. This is accomplished by using tooth-colored materials rather than the visible metal materials used with traditional braces.
The different types of cosmetic braces
There are different types of cosmetic braces that may be an option for patients searching for discreet orthodontic treatment. The most common types are:
- Ceramic braces
- Lingual braces
- Clear aligners
Ceramic braces are often used for more severe misalignments. Some patients also prefer ceramic or lingual braces if they do not want the responsibility of removing and keeping up with their aligners. Clear aligners are not technically braces, but they are often effective orthodontic devices. They are essentially clear trays of a strong plastic material that are almost invisible to others while they are worn.
How long do cosmetic braces take?
Cosmetic braces can take anywhere from six months to more than two years. Ceramic braces and lingual braces take longer on average than clear aligners to straighten teeth. During the consultation visit, orthodontic professionals can examine the severity of the misalignment, what preparation procedures are necessary (e.g., tooth extraction), and more to provide a more precise timeline for the cosmetic braces treatment process.
Cosmetic braces vs. traditional orthodontic braces
Cosmetic braces offer many of the same advantages as traditional braces, but they are more discreet. However, traditional metal braces may be more durable and damage-resistant. Braces, rather than aligners, are more suitable for severe misalignments, whereas aligners may be more of an option for mild misalignments. Anyone who is not happy with their smile due to a misalignment of their teeth or jaw should consider braces or aligners treatment. Younger patients may be better suited for metal braces, whereas older teenagers and adults may prefer more discreet treatment options with cosmetic braces.
Are you interested in cosmetic braces?
Call our cosmetic braces team today to schedule a consultation visit. During your first visit with our friendly orthodontic professionals, we can provide answers to all of your questions and help you decide on the best and most convenient way to straighten your smile.
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