Most braces are worn for an average of 18-24 months, although this will depend on the individual. The amount of time needed to straighten teeth can vary depending on the severity of the misalignment and how well patients follow their treatment plan. In some cases, braces may need to be worn for up to 30 months or more.
Braces do not need to be replaced but need to be adjusted periodically. During routine checkups with the orthodontist, they will assess the braces and make necessary adjustments to ensure that the teeth are moving into their desired positions. So, your child’s braces should last for their entire treatment plan.
However, accidents can occur that can damage the braces. Should a wire get broken, a spacer falls off, or there be other problems, it is essential to bring your child in as soon as possible. At our Reno office, you do not need an appointment for emergency dental care.