Orthodontic Treatment Time

Find Out How Long Will You Need Braces

Have you always wanted a straight smile but do not want to deal with the appearance of traditional braces? Now, you can get the results you want with Invisalign in Farmers Branch. At Rio Dental & Orthodontics, we have the solution you need with clear aligners. Instead of brackets and wires pulling your teeth into alignment, they are gradually moved into their ideal positions using a nearly invisible treatment.

Are you ready to take the first step to a straight smile? Although you’re excited to achieve the smile of your dreams, it’s natural to be worried about how long the process will take. The typical orthodontic treatment can last anywhere from 12 to 36 months. Clearly, there is a huge difference between 1 year and 3 years. There are several factors that influence your orthodontic treatment duration. Don’t worry. Your orthodontist in Irving will take the time to explain how long you can expect it to take and discuss ways to stay on track with your completion timeline.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Orthodontic TreatmentNo two orthodontic cases are the same, which is why there is no set time for completion. There are several different steps involved with each patient’s treatment plan to correct issues that affect the teeth and jaw. Among the biggest factors to influence the length is the severity of your case. The more extensive your complications, the longer you can expect it to take.

Slow and Steady

Although you might want to speed the treatment, it is best to maintain a slow and steady pace to move your teeth. Gradual pressure is best because too much force or moving the teeth too quickly can make them loose. It can even negatively affect the gums and bone. As a result, if a tooth needs to be moved quite a bit, such as one that’s rotated, you can expect to need to wear braces longer than if the correction was minor.

Bite Issues

Besides the alignment of the teeth, it also depends on your bite. If your teeth don’t come together correctly when your mouth is closed, you can expect the treatment to take a little longer. Although it may take longer, it is time well spent because it improves your oral functions and health, reducing your risk of temporomandibular joint disorders or uneven wear on your enamel.

Oral Health

Besides your orthodontic needs, your oral health can also influence your plan. If you have inflammation or gum disease, you may need additional treatments before you can begin moving your teeth.

Can I Shorten My Treatment Plan?

Orthodontic Treatment PlanGenerally, children have shorter treatment times than adults because their mouths, bones, and tissues are still growing. This makes it easier for their mouths to adapt to the changes.

Whether you’re a child or an adult, one of the biggest factors to influence the duration of the treatment is patient compliance. If you don’t follow your orthodontist’s advice and instructions, it can add preventable delays to your treatment plan. Even after your braces are removed, not following their recommendations can lead to regression.

Invest in a Straight Smile Today!

Now, new advancements and treatments have helped to reduce the amount of time patients need to wear braces in Irving. Although it may take several months to move your teeth, it is time well spent to achieve a healthy, straight smile. If you’re ready to get started on your journey to improved confidence, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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You can play a part in preparing your child for his or her first visit to our office. Informing your child of the visit as an exciting experience for both of you can ease any hesitations. As a parent try to act relaxed, since your child may sense any anxiety on your part.

Explain to your child that the doctor will “count, brush, and maybe take pictures of their teeth”. We also ask that you assume the role of a silent observer. Cooperation and trust must be established directly between the doctor, staff, and your child and not through you. Your child may become confused if receiving instructions from multiple sources.

We recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental appointment by their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing (whichever comes first). During this appointment, we will examine your baby’s mouth to track their dental development and discuss age-appropriate dental care.

It’s easy to make appointments to visit our office online or over the phone. Rio Dental sees patients both for checkups and dental emergencies. Using our online scheduler, you can select the location and time slot that works best for you for either type of appointment. If you have any questions regarding our practice, or simply prefer to make your appointment with a live member of staff, please don’t hesitate to call!

Rio Dental Group accepts most PPO insurances. We recommend that new patients and returning patients with new insurance policies reach out to us before their appointment to confirm coverage. Our Fort Worth location also sees patients who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP programs.

We don’t like surprises, either! Our staff is prepared to discuss the cost of dental services before you undergo treatment so that you know what to expect in terms of fees. The cost of your services will be due at the end of your appointment. Our office accepts payment by cash, credit card, or check.

Rio Dental Group allows patients to pay with their CareCredit card. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed to cover out-of-pocket costs at over 225,000 providers nationwide. After leaving the office, card holders will be able to make convenient monthly payments towards their balance. To learn more, visit the CareCredit website.

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