How Long Does It Take To Straighten My Teeth?

Posted by Streamside Dental on Feb 7 2022, 08:55 AM

How Long Does It Take To Straighten My Teeth?

Misaligned teeth can cause many issues like jaw strain, chronic headaches, and difficulty while talking and chewing. If you are looking to straighten your misaligned teeth, you can get help from an orthodontist. If you are a Colorado resident and looking for teeth straightening solutions, visit Dr. Dorothy Distelhorst at Streamside Dental in Vail, Colorado. Here, you can choose from many safe and effective options to straighten your teeth. 

Most treatments are based on the severity of your misalignment and other factors like age and health conditions. Let’s take a closer look at the different teeth straightening treatments you can choose from.

Teeth Straightening Treatment Options and Timelines

  • Traditional braces - 18 months to 36 months
  • Clear dental aligners - 12 months 
  • Lingual braces - 12 months to 18 months
  • AcceleDent - Reduce braces treatment time by 38% to 50%

Treatment Duration for Teeth Straightening

The amount of time it will take to straighten your teeth depends on the type of treatment you choose and the complexity of your misalignment. Generally, it takes around 12 to 24 months to fix misaligned teeth. 

Treatment duration varies from person to person. In some cases, a patient may also need teeth extraction. In such cases, treatment is prolonged as the entire process involves healing before the actual treatment.

In some cases, the issue may be your jawline, while in others it may be your bite or jaw. Different conditions will have different treatment timelines. 

Dr. Distelhorst can suggest the most suitable treatment plan depending on your specific issues. 


Aligning your teeth with braces is the most popular treatment option for adults and children alike. Braces are attached to the teeth and gradually apply pressure to bring the teeth into their ideal positions. 

The following types of dental braces are popular:

  • Metal braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Ceramic braces/ Clear braces
  • Damon braces/ Self-ligating braces

You need to take certain precautionary measures while wearing braces. Following a soft foods diet, not biting with your front teeth, and avoiding chewing gum are a few things that you need to follow after braces application.

To find out more about teeth straightening options and timelines, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dorothy Distelhorst at Streamside Dental by calling (970) 479-0408. You can also visit us at 4592 Streamside Cir E, Vail, Colorado 81657. 


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