dental braces

How Long Will I Need To Wear Braces?

The length of time that you will be required to wear braces really depends on how much work there is to do, and how much your teeth need to be moved. It will also be affected by your own biological response to the brace and how well you follow your dentist’s instructions.

Generally speaking, a traditional fixed brace will be used for anywhere between six months and two years. Removable braces can take less time but are often worn before and after treatment with a fixed brace.

Most people are advised to wear a retainer full-time for up to three months after their fixed brace has been removed, gradually reducing its use to one or two nights a week. This prevents the teeth from moving back out of line. However, the only way to really guarantee teeth to stay straight after any form of braces is to continue to use a retainer at least once a week for as long as possible. This is called ‘long-term retention’. An alternative option is to bond the teeth in their new position.

While any orthodontic treatment requires commitment, the rewards are well worth it and last a lifetime. Healthy, straight teeth with proper jaw alignment and a beautiful smile can improve confidence and wellbeing – priceless outcomes and perfectly achievable with the right treatment.

Smile Pad offers a range of orthodontic treatments in Salisbury, London, Bristol and Chertsey. To find out more, contact us today and book an appointment with one of our specialists.


We are pleased to inform all patients seeking dental treatment that our practices are, and will remain open to cater to all your dental needs and maintain your oral health. We are available should you need advice, urgent care, or simply wish to attend for any other dental treatment. Our practices operate under the strictest government guidance and coronavirus protocols. Your safety and the safety of your family remains our priority. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice.
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