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How Long Does It Take For Braces To Work?

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How long does it take for Braces to work?

Well, it depends on where you go for treatment. The average time in braces for patients in the United States is currently 24-27 months. That’s over 2 years! And even worse, the average time for braces is actually rising. 

How can that be? 

Despite incredible advancements in technology, valuable new research and studies, and more access to information than ever before, most patients are continuing to lose out. 

With long treatment times, lots of appointments, and frustrating months of waiting to see progress with their smile, for most patients the average time in braces is 2 years or more. 

But here’s where the good part comes in. It shouldn’t have to be this way and it doesn’t have to be this way. We have good news: your average time in braces doesn’t have to be nearly this long.

It’s entirely possible to see real progress with your smile up to 2x faster than the average time for braces.

How can we be so sure? Most of our braces patients at Dickerson Orthodontics, right here in Phoenix, Arizona, finish treatment in closer to 1 year instead of 2 or more. So, we’re not speaking in hypotheticals. This can be your reality. 

So keep reading to learn how when someone asks you, “How long does it take for braces to work?”, you can answer confidently: “A lot shorter than you think!”

How Long Does it Take for Braces to Work with Typical Treatment?

To set this up for you, we’ve got to give you the background on what most typical orthodontic patients experience. 

For the typical orthodontic patient today, the average time for braces is 24-27 months*. That’s a whole 2 years if you’re lucky. Longer if you aren’t lucky. 

And it’s worse than it sounds – recent trends show that the average time in braces is actually getting longer instead of shorter. All of these advancements in techniques, tools, and technology don’t seem to be creating any benefit for you. What gives? 

Most orthodontists are great people who treat patients with respect and kindness. But many of them are operating with treatment methods that are way behind the times. 

It’s very true that huge leaps have been made in orthodontic technology and tools over the last 2 decades, but sadly, many doctors are using essentially the same treatment approach as 20 years ago. (We wrote more about that recently in our post How to find an orthodontist that saves you years in treatment.)

Avoid paying your hard-earned money for treatment that gets you less. There’s a better way to see results with braces, and it won’t cost you even close to twice as much even though it can be twice as fast.

How Long Does It Take For Braces to Work?

How Long Does it Take for Braces to Work at Dickerson Orthodontics?

The short answer: you will see changes as fast as 2 weeks in most cases. Many of our patients finish treatment in closer to 1 year. That’s right, the majority of our patients are finishing treatment when the typical orthodontic patient is nearing the halfway point of their time in braces.

Your quick math is exactly right – yes, braces treatment at Dickerson Orthodontics is about 2x faster than the national average. 

With results like that, it’d be pretty fair for you to wonder how exactly we can do that. Does it cause you a lot more discomfort? Is it twice the price since it’s twice the results? 

These are fair questions and we’ve got answers.

1 – Expertise

We don’t say this to brag. We take expertise very seriously because we believe you deserve a doctor who knows their stuff. 

Dickerson Orthodontics was named the #1 research center in the world for faster treatment, and our commitment to delivering you the best is a big reason why you’ll get to enjoy your winning smile about twice as fast as someone who does braces elsewhere. 

Dr. Dickerson continues to do research for some of the world’s largest orthodontic companies focused on high-quality treatment in a shorter time. He also lectures around the world to orthodontists on how to help treat patients better and faster.

2 – Technology

We make the most of technology that’s proven to safely and reliably improve your smile. While many doctors are still using the same approaches from school, at Dickerson Orthodontist you’ll benefit from technology that will deliver you faster, safer, and more comfortable progress.

3 – OrthoPulse

OrthoPulse is an example of how we implement proven technology to make big differences for you and your smile. OrthoPulse is a device that uses gentle light therapy to move your teeth faster and more comfortably than they typically move on their own with braces. 

Just by using OrthoPulse for 10 minutes a day, patients at Dickerson Orthodontics can shorten their treatment time by as much as half. It’s a big component to seeing results 2x faster and you can use it without ever having to schedule an appointment or leave your home.

How Much Do Braces Cost at Dickerson Orthodontics?

Ok, great, now how much does this all cost? 

Quality treatment for standard braces cases in most places in the United States generally costs between $6,000 – $8,000, and that’s exactly what most of our patients end up paying for standard braces cases, too. 

So to the question of whether results twice as fast is going to cost you twice as much, the answer is very confident “No”. In fact, it will cost you essentially the same for braces or aligners as if you went to any other quality orthodontist who doesn’t offer you faster average treatment times for braces.

So, How Long Does it Take for Braces to Work?

Now you know that the answer is actually up to you.

Choose an orthodontist who offers typical treatment, and you’ll get typical results – about 2 years or more in treatment. 

You don’t have to settle for that, though.

Enjoy braces results in half that time – 2x faster than average – with just as much quality, comfort, and safety. Oh, and pay essentially the same price to finish as much as a year earlier as you would if you went somewhere else and your average time for braces was 2 years. 

Get a free consultation at one of our 4 locations in the Greater Phoenix area, and walk away confidently with a personalized plan for how you can own the winning smile you’ve always wanted.

*= Studies available upon request