If you have teeth that are crooked, you may feel self-conscious when you smile. This can have an adverse effect on your confidence and, in some cases, can worsen or cause anxiety and depression. Problems with the alignment of teeth can also cause issues with chewing as effectively as you should.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, you are probably wondering how quickly you can deal with the issue and have straighter teeth. The truth is that there are several factors which help to determine how quickly teeth should be straightened. It’s also true that speed should not be your major concern.
Why results are more important than speed
It’s understandable that you would not want to pay any more visits to the dentist than is necessary. This means that you will naturally want the teeth straightening process to be completed as quickly as possible. However, good results can take time to achieve. The fact is that, if you want your smile to be as good as it possibly can, you need to be patient. The dentist will explain possible time-scales during the consultation process and you need to pay attention to their expertise.
Factors that affect the speed of teeth straightening
Each person is different, so the orthodontist is the best person to provide advice about how long your teeth will take to straighten. However, there are some factors that normally make a difference.
- The severity of the problem.
If your teeth only need minor adjustments then a process such as Invisalign treatment may be ideal. Completing the treatment usually takes around a year, but a difference can often start to be seen after a couple of months. However, severe teeth alignment issues usually require treatment using more traditional braces. This treatment usually takes 1-2 years, in order to achieve the best results.
- The type of treatment chosen
In addition to treatments like Invisalign, there are many types of braces that can be used to straighten teeth including clear braces, incognito braces and invisible braces. The type of treatment used can have an effect on the length of time it takes to achieve results.
- The dedication of the patient
There are times when a lack of dedication by a patient can cause the teeth straightening process to take longer than expected. This can happen when Invisalign treatment is being used. One of the benefits of this treatment is that the aligners can be removed from the mouth in order for teeth to be cleaned or for the wearer to eat. Problems arise when people keep the aligners out of their mouth for longer than they should. The same applies when people need to wear retainers after initial teeth straightening is completed. Failure to do this means that the results may not be maintained.
Given that there are so many variables when it comes to straightening teeth, you can see that only the orthodontist can provide you with advice about a realistic time-frame for the completion of treatment.
Speak to the experts as soon as possible
The sooner you get help from the professionals, the sooner you can get the smile that you are looking for. While it’s not a good idea to rush the teeth straightening treatment, it is a good idea to get started as soon as you can. The orthodontist will talk to you about treatment options during the consultation process. They will provide you with advice about the best treatment options for your circumstances. They will also discuss how long the treatment should take, although this is not set in stone.
At the Neem Tree, we are used to helping people who are having problems with teeth alignment. We understand how difficult life can be if you are living with crooked teeth. We also understand that patients want to have straight teeth as soon as possible. This is why it’s so important for us to manage expectations. We are completely honest with patients about what results they can expect and how long it will take to achieve those results. We believe that getting the best possible results for a patient is the most important thing, rather than the amount of time it takes to complete the process.
Take a look at the Neem Tree website to see the different teeth straightening options that are available. Then, make an appointment for a consultation and start along the journey to achieving a better smile.