The length of time you will have to wear your braces is going to have a lot to do with your circumstances. Usually braces get worn anywhere from eighteen months to two full years. For some people though, they have to stay on longer (or not nearly as long). The length of time you wear your braces is going to depend primarily upon the goals of your Orthodontist. For some people, headgear, other types of wires and even retainers are required in addition to the braces themselves.
The good news is that you have a little bit of say in how much time you are going to need to keep your braces and other orthodontic ephemera installed. As silly as it might seem right now, dental hygiene will play a major role in your orthodontics. It’s important to follow the instructions of your orthodontist—it might even cut time off of how long you need to have your orthodontic devices in your mouth.
The length of time that you will need to wear your braces is also going to depend upon how old you were when you had them installed. Studies have proven that the earlier a person gets his braces put on, the faster the process will be. Most people don’t actually become proper candidates for the devices until they’re between the ages of ten and twelve but you can start being treated by an orthodontist as early as the age of seven. Lots of preparation goes into getting a child’s (or your) mouth ready to wear braces. Some of that work reduces the amount of time the braces will need to stay on the teeth. You also drastically reduce your child’s need for surgery, extractions and other problems that could come up later on.
It is also important to note that not every person who wears braces is a child or a teenager. A quarter of the people who get orthodontic work done are adult aged. This is because a lot of adults go into fix the problems they didn’t have the authority or power to fix when they were kids.
The type of braces you wear will also have a major effect on the amount of time that you need to wear them. Metal braces work the best because they are constructed from the strongest of the different materials there are to choose from. While ceramic braces are strong and they do look better, you will usually have to wear them for a longer period of time because they lack the strength that is inherent in metal braces. Some people will choose to wear their braces on the inward sides of their teeth but this is another method that will take longer to be effective.
If you want to reduce the amount of time that you are forced to wear braces, select the strongest materials (you can make them pretty in all sorts of ways) and then follow whatever oral hygiene instructions your Orthodontist gives to you.