How Long Will Orthodontic Treatment Take?

fort worth orthodontic treatmentWhen you have crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth, this could have a negative impact on your smile’s health and beauty. To address the issues, we could help children and adults alike with orthodontics. But how long does the process take? In today’s blog, your Fort Worth, TX, orthodontist talks about the time length, and how we can use Propel® Accelerated Orthodontic technology to shorten treatment times.


Braces are a very effective option for addressing more severe cases of misalignment in teens and adults. The treatment involves attaching brackets to the front facing sides of the teeth. These can be made from metal or a tooth-colored ceramic material. We then connect a portion of an arch wire to them with bands, which can be clear or colorful. Our team then adjusts tension in the wires to begin shifting the teeth into proper positions. The total treatment time takes about two years on average, but there is a way to potentially reduce this time significantly using Propel® Accelerated Orthodontics.


The Invisalign® system offers a cosmetic approach to smile correction. We don’t need wires to brackets, and instead will use the iTero® digital imaging systems to help design a series of clear aligners, all made from a BPA-free plastic and custom fitted for your smile. A set is worn for two weeks, 20 to 23 hours a day. Then you repeat the process until you obtain optimal results. For most adults, this takes about a year. Teens could require up to 18 months, but the exact time depends on the cause and extent of misalignment, and whether the aligners were worn as prescribed.


Retainers could be used for kids as part of phased treatment, helping guide the growth of the smile to limit misalignment. But they also help teens and adults, addressing either minor misalignment or correcting minor shifts that have happened since your braces were removed. Treatment could take a few months to a year.

Propel® Accelerated Orthodontics

The reason addressing misalignment takes so long is because the bone tissue and gums need to reform around the new position of the teeth. This could take two years in many cases. But we can help reduce this time, often by as much as 50%. Propel® Accelerated Orthodontics involves using a small device that is placed in your mouth for five minutes a day, employing gentle vibrations to stimulate the growth of bone tissue around the new positions of the teeth. The device is easy to clean and store.


Our team can help you on your journey toward an even and beautiful smile, often in as little as a year. If you would like to find out more about our treatment options, call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX today at (817) 236-7846.