One of the main questions asked by patients who want to perform an orthodontics in Barcelona is how long orthodontics should take, and the answer is not always simple, since many factors intervene, such as the type of malocclusion , if teeth are missing or not, what type of equipment is used in the treatment etc.
Currently no longer orthodontics for 4 or 5 years as before. Moreover, many adult patients tell us that they had been orthodontic for years in their adolescent stage and now come to consult for an invisaling treatment or other invisible orthodontic treatment, such as lingual orthodontics , due to a relapse; because for years they had not taken adequate retention.
Nowadays, orthodontic treatments, in the hands of a good orthodontist, are faster than a few years ago thanks to microtunces, self-ligating brackets, the most modern wires ...
But for an orthodontic treatment to go quickly and without delays you have to plan each step in the treatment and know what is going to be done in each phase. It is also necessary the patient's collaboration with the hygiene and the placement of elastics when the orthodontist indicates it.
Duration for each orthodontic case
A good orthodontic treatment can last between 12 months for simple cases and 30 months for more complex cases , always depending on the case. For a patient with a light crowding a few months of treatment may be needed but if it does occur, calse II (a retruded mandible) may require up to 24 months for its successful solution.
If we perform an orthodontic treatment with extractions usually lasts from 18 to 24 months, with a tendency to lengthen towards 24 months. In contrast, treatments with only higher extractions or extraction of a lower incisor are usually faster than a treatment with 4 extractions or closure of spaces by agenesis.
Regarding the treatment of teeth included , canines impacted on the palate usually last 24-30 months. While if we require a mandibular advance device combined with brackets, the treatment is usually over 24 months and, in some cases, about 18 months.
The invisalign treatments can also last from 12 to 24 months although it depends on what type of malocclusion works faster than the brackets. Incognito invisible lingual orthodontics usually last as long as the vestibular brackets (the outer ones).
The just and necessary time
Patients who have years of orthodontics to ask for our opinion constantly arrive, patients who have never told them how long their orthodontic treatment will last, and we always indicate the right treatment time necessary to correct the patient's problem.. Of course, there are complex cases that can last for years, however the most frequent is that the orthodontic treatment lasts between 12 and 24 months .