How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces?
The time required for braces varies from person to person. It depends on:
How severe your problem is
The amount of room inside your mouth
The distance your teeth must travel
The health of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone
How closely you follow instructions
On average, once braces go on, they usually remain in place for 1 to 3 years. After braces come off, most people need to wear a retainer all the time for the first 6 months. After that, you have to wear it only while you’re asleep, but you may do it for many years.
The orthodontist will want to see you about every month or so in order to make sure the braces are putting steady pressure on your teeth. They’ll adjust the wires, springs, or rubber bands to create more tension and pressure. In some cases, braces alone won’t be enough to straighten your teeth or shift your jaw. That’s when the orthodontist will suggest headgear.