What is the Shortest Amount of Time to Have Braces?

Many patients at Gladwell Orthodontics wonder how long they’ll have to wear braces. The truth is that orthodontics is not a one-size-fits all solution. Since each patient’s mouth, teeth, and gums are unique, treatment time varies.

Patients with more severe orthodontic issues may wear braces for up to 24 months while those with minor problems may complete their treatment in less than 12 months. Let’s take a look at the factors that play a role in orthodontic treatment time.

Type of Orthodontic Treatment

Thanks to technology, there are a few different types of braces available. While traditional metal braces may be a good choice for some patients, Invisalign clear aligners may be recommended for others. Invisalign treatments are usually completed in less time. They also provide a way in which teenagers do not have to be concerned with their friends “seeing” their braces.


Since their jaws are still growing and their teeth are easier to manipulate, teens and children usually complete their orthodontic treatment quicker. It’s important to note that this does not mean all adults will need to wear braces for two years or more.


The severity of a patient’s teeth plays a major role in how long it will take for them to achieve their desired results through braces. Mild spacing can be resolved in a year or less while a severe crossbite can take much longer.

Patient Compliance

It is the patient’s responsibility to follow their orthodontist’s instructions closely. If they fail to do so, they may prolong their treatment time. This is often an issue with teenagers that are known to not follow instructions. The more a patient follows the instructions of our experienced Raleigh, NC orthodontists, the shorter and more successful the orthodontic treatment will be. If patients never wear their retainer and take their Invisalign out for extended periods of time, the treatment period will vary greatly.

Contact Gladwell Orthodontics

If you’re wondering how long you’ll need to wear braces, we encourage you to visit Gladwell Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation. Call us at 919-453-6325 today.