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How long does orthodontic treatment take?

On average, orthodontic treatment usually takes 18 - 24 months and other more complex cases may take longer to complete, simple cases less time. The total treatment time depends on a large number of factors which include the severity of the original bite problem, the type of treatment carried out, and the co-operation of the patient. Treatment that extends longer than originally planned is usually the result of poor patient compliance with appointments, oral hygiene or treatment. So the best way to get your treatment finished on time is to look after your braces and comply with your Orthodontist’s instructions!