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A 19-year-old female asked:

how long does it take for molars to be moved into place after getting molar bands put on? i just got molar bands put in after a year with braces.

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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
1-3 years: Is a range for an orthodontic treatment, depending on the growth of the patient's mouth, face and the severity of the problem. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. You should diligently use any prescribed rubber bands by your orthodontist. If done too fast - root resorption is a common iatrogenic consequence.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
How long?: That depends on the seriousness of the malocclusion, the training and experience of the practitioner (for example, Orthodontic Specialists treat in less time than General Dentists), and patient cooperation (oral hygiene, non-damaging foods, elastics, etc.). Were bands on 1st or 2nd molars, how far do they have to move, etc. Orthodontics is a service, not a commodity, timing varies.

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