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1Q5. How long is a typical orthodontic treatment and how often do patient have to visit the office?

How long is a typical orthodontic treatment and how often do patient have to visit the office?

Typical lengths of orthodontic treatment are listed below:


Limited Orthodontic treatment                 12 months – 18 months

Interceptive Orthodontic treatment          12 months – 18 months

Comprehensive Orthodontic treatment   18 months – 36 months


Orthodontic treatment length varies depending on the treatment goal, complexity of treatment, and other variables. If the goal of the treatment is to achieve limited objective or localized correction, the treatment can usually be completed within one year. If the goal of the treatment is to achieve ideal esthetic and ideal bite, a treatment may take longer than 18 months. Both for limited and comprehensive treatment, the more complex the case, the longer the treatment period.


Other variables that also influence the length of treatment include unfavorable treatment response, unfavorable patient growth, or poor patient cooperation.

Typically, patient will need to visit orthodontist every 4 to 8 weeks depending on the treatment techniques, stages of treatment, and patient cooperation level. Your orthodontist will inform you when to set you next appointment.


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