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A 17-year-old female asked:

How long do most people need braces for?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Average: Average time in braces is about 18 months, but can be much sorter to much longer depending upon severity of malocclusion, whether or not patient is growing, training and ability of practitioner (orthodontists do it better and faster than gps, and whether problem is dental/skeletal/both.
Dr. Gabriel Betancourt
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Braces: Everybody is different, but the majority of the adults that need braces typically wear them from 12 to 20 months on average.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Orthodontic: Treatment with permanent braces consists of three phases: 1. Records and installation 2. Active phases (periodic adjustments) 3. Retention phase after the braces are removed. The average treatment length is 12-36 month. Retainers may be worn for unlimited time to ensure that the teeth are in the stable position. Rec. : see an orthodontist.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Statistics: despite early responses,The American Association of Orthodontist studies show a national average treatment time of 27 months, bui this varies dramatically based on the case requirements.

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