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Prolonged treatment with braces

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Posted by: lil_lamb  (9 years ago)
I am fifteen years old and have been on braces for a year and half now. My orthodontist told me before that one year would be the approximate duration of wearing my braces on but until now, it hasn’t been removed yet. I was very disappointed with my orthodontist. He seems reluctant to communicate with me and discuss where this treatment leads to. He just said the gap in my last tooth has not closed yet. It’s been a long time and I still haven’t seen any changes with this gap in my last tooth. The treatment has been prolonged without discussing the new details to me.

Can my braces be removed now? There’s only one small area that has not been completely closed and nothing seems to be changing on this part. Is there a standard length of time for wearing braces? Can someone shed some light on me about this? I would be very grateful for your help/suggestions.
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Posted by: ghnane  (9 years ago)
Hello,
Orthodontic treatment varies and usually when they give you a time frame initially the treatment often ends up lasting longer. The lack of communication can be frustrating and that is often the case. Treatment depends on how fast your teeth respond and if your are keeping your appointments as instructed.

That tiny gap may seems nothing but premature removal of braces will result in relapse and the year and a half will go to waste.

Many orthodontic treatment do not remain ideal as the day the braces get removed that is why they give you retainers to wear.
Wait another couple of more months and next time you go take along a parent and have them talk to the orthodontist and ask about your progress and anticipated removal of the orthodontic appliances.
Make sure to keep good oral health with having braces. I hope this helps.
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