Orthodontic Time

Orthodontic Treatment Duration

orthodontics treatment duration

Length of treatment varies on multiple factors. These include the type and severity of jaw malformation, patient age, cooperation, biological conditions and tooth extraction. However, the average length of orthodontic treatment is about 2 years and may last several years in some cases. On average, patients are examined every 4 to 6 weeks.

young woman smile with dental orthodontics brackets

Treatment at  different ages can help the effectiveness of orthodontics. The impacting and length of treatment also affects it.  Understanding the reasons why you may need treatment may  help a person to achieve the lowest possible cost and the ultimate goal, i.e. ordered, beautiful, healthy teeth and jaw as well. Most importantly through orthodontic treatment, it corrects your jaw and allows comfortable chewing.

Comparison of orthodontic treatment duration of children and adults

For a comprehensive comparison in this regard, an example is provided here. Assume there is a gap between two jaws, for example, the mandible is retruded and the maxilla is protruded. If the patient is of appropriate age, the problem can be resolved through orthodontic appliances to prevent maxillary growth and accelerate mandibular growth. Moreover, the teeth can be stitched together and fitted.

Now the question is, can the teeth and jaws move simultaneously or they should be moved in two separate phases? In this case, it should be said that orthodontic treatment is, in fact, performed in two phases, but priority is given to jaw movement and correction because of its profound effect on patients’ appearance. However, at higher ages jaw movement is no longer possible.

Orthodontic treatment is much more effective when the jaws are in their right place. Aka, the jaws should be in the right place and then the teeth should be aligned on the jaw. If the jaws are in the wrong place, the teeth cannot be properly corrected; therefore, the infrastructure, i.e. the jaws, needs to be changed for subsequent corrective processes.

If the patient’s jaws cannot be moved and corrected, the maxillary growth is a forced Making it even more important for the correct ages. Problems such as these cannot be resolved  effectively through orthodontics. Surgery in some cases be required such as this one.  In addition to higher costs and longer treatment period, it is associated with a risk for patients.

At younger ages when the jawbone is still soft, jaws can be moved and adjusted easier with the help of orthodontic appliances.

It’s  recommend patient’s partake in swimming to raise their height. This results in longer and well-shaped bones. The same applies to the orthodontic appliances which are able to guide the growth and shaping of jaw bones. The soft and growing bones of children can be adjusted to the desired shape at an early age by applying an appropriate force.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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