How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces

For many people, the thought of wearing braces for years is enough to scare them away. While many factors are in your control, several are predetermined. Petrunic Orthodontics is here to provide the best orthodontic care and ensure you get your braces off as quickly as possible. Dr. Petrunic is an experienced orthodontist who can help you get the most out of your braces journey. Let’s explore how to make the process smooth and stress-free!

How long does braces treatment take?

The amount of time you can expect to wear braces depends on several factors, such as the severity of your issues and how well you follow your orthodontist’s instructions. Generally, braces treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. That said, Petrunic Orthodontics is experienced in providing efficient and effective care that allows patients to accelerate their progress.

What factors are out of my control?

Several predetermined factors will play a significant role in the length of your braces treatment. Two of the most important defining characteristics are:


Younger patients tend to respond better to braces treatment and often get their braces off sooner. This is primarily because their developing bones and teeth are more malleable and, therefore, easier to shift into place.


Serious bite or alignment issues, such as malocclusions, may result in a longer treatment, as they require additional appliances or procedures. For patients with TMJ (jaw issues), Dr. Petrunic may formulate a specialized treatment plan that may affect your treatment time.

Treatment Plan

Different orthodontic appliances will impact the timeline of your braces treatment. A lot of the time, this depends on your orthodontic issues and the treatment plan that is most effective for your needs. However, this can also be impacted by your personal preferences. For instance, while metal braces tend to be the most efficient, many patients prefer more discreet options.

Dr. Petrunic uses advanced 3D imaging technology to accurately assess the severity of your orthodontic issues before planning a course of treatment. Then, he will guide you through the treatment process, providing support and advice every step of the way.

What can I do to speed up the process?

One of the most important things you can do to ensure your treatment is as quick and hassle-free as possible is to follow your orthodontist’s instructions. This includes:

  • wearing all of your prescribed appliances
  • brushing and flossing regularly
  • using tools such as Waterpik and interdental floss to maintain your smile
  • avoiding sticky and hard foods that may damage your appliances
  • attending follow-up appointments
  • wearing your additional appliances, such as rubber bands, as prescribed by Dr. Petrunic

Petrunic Orthodontics also offers various services that help the procedure go more smoothly, such as plastic aligners, self-ligating brackets, and customized treatment plans.

How Long Will I Have to Wear Braces

Transform your smile in no time!

With Petrunic Orthodontics, you can get your braces off sooner than expected and have the smile of your dreams. Contact us today to set up a free consultation with Dr. Petrunic and learn more about how long you can expect to wear braces. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!