Orthodontic treatments are highly based on your teeth and jaw. During your initial appointments, we’ll explain to you our treatment plan suggestions and provide an estimate for how long treatment will take.
Depending on the severity of your tooth alignment and bite, orthodontic treatments take anywhere from six to 30 months. When just straightening a few teeth, we can generally complete treatment rather quickly. But severe bite problems can take a bit longer to treat.
The dental device you choose to use for your treatment (braces, Invisalign®, etc.) will also affect how long treatment takes. Dr. Guller can help you weigh the pros and cons of different treatment options.
The planning phase is focused on preparing for your orthodontic treatment. It includes getting a better understanding of your current state to plan. We’ll also set goals for your final smile. From there, Dr. Guller plans out how to get from current state to future state. This stage includes the following.
Now that your orthodontist has a clear view of everything, you’re ready to start your orthodontic treatment. You’ll get your braces, Invisalign® trays or orthodontic device at this point.
The final phase of your orthodontic treatment is one of the most important phases. During this part of treatment, your orthodontic device will be removed, and you'll be fitted for a retainer. The retainer will hold your teeth and bone in place to preserve your smile. Be sure to follow your dentist's recommendations for wearing your retainers as failing to do so could lead to your teeth shifting and becoming crooked.
Don’t let any of the phases of orthodontic treatment intimidate or concern you. Treatments are highly successful and minimally invasive. For the most part, you’ll go about your normal life throughout treatment.