Once the braces have been fitted and adjusted, you will have to wear them for anywhere between one and three years. How long you have to wear braces depends on severity of the malocclusion. For example, if your teeth have to move a significant distance, you might need to keep the braces on for a longer period of time. Unfortunately, braces are not something you can “put on and forget about it.” In fact, you will need to see your orthodontist regularly while the treatment is underway.
How often you have to see your orthodontist depends on many factors. As a general rule, the appointment intervals vary between 4-8 weeks. Things that affect appointment intervals are the type of braces, your age and the design of the brace.
Every time you visit your orthodontist, she will adjust your braces so they’re providing the right amount of tension to help your teeth move into the proper position. Depending on what type of braces you’re wearing, your dentist might need to adjust the rubber bands or tighten the wires to provide the correct pressure.
In between the visits you will need to make sure you are doing everything you’re supposed to be doing at home. That means avoiding hard foods that can damage or loosen the braces, maintaining proper hygiene and brushing regularly.
Most patients wear braces for 1-3 years. However, the length of time in braces can vary greatly for each person based on growth, the severity of the problem, and how well the patient takes care of their braces and keeps up their oral hygiene.