The length of treatment is dependent on the type and severity of jaw malformation, patient age, cooperation and biological conditions and tooth extraction. However, the average length of orthodontic treatment is about 2 years and may last several years in some cases. In addition, patients are examined every 4 to 6 weeks on average.
The length of orthodontic treatment and the impact of initiating treatment at different ages can help understanding the effectiveness of orthodontics. The length of treatment is dependent on the type and severity of jaw malformation, the patient age, cooperation and biological conditions and tooth extraction. However, the average length of orthodontic treatment is about 2 years and may last several years in some cases. Understanding these issues can help a person to achieve the lowest possible cost and the ultimate goal, i.e. ordered, beautiful and healthy teeth and jaw as well as correct and comfortable chewing, only through orthodontic treatment without surgery
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, and hence beauty. On the other hand, jaw movement is no longer possible at higher ages.
It should be also noted that although it is possible to move and correct teeth, it is effective when the jaws are in their right place, so 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 jaws cannot be moved and corrected and the maxillary growth cannot be prevented at the right age, the problem cannot be resolved effectively through orthodontics at the old age when the bones harden. Surgery will be required in this case, which, in addition to higher costs and longer treatment period, 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.
Like other bones of children, the jaw bones can be shaped much easier at an early age without any need for surgical intervention. For example, doctors recommend swimming to raise the height of children, which can result 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.