How long will I have to wear braces?
The amount of time you have to wear braces depends on:
- The severity of the problem.
- The amount of room available.
- The distance the teeth must travel.
- The health of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone.
- How closely you follow instructions.
On average, once your braces are on, they usually remain in place for 1 to 3 years. After they're removed, you'll probably need to wear a retainer all the time for the first 6 months, then only during sleep for many years.
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