How long will you need braces?

How long will I need braces

There are three treatment choices that might be available to you: Traditional BracesInvisible Braces and Invisalign. Here we explain the average length of time each treatment takes.

Average treatment times

Traditional braces suit 99% of smile enhancement or bite correction issues, but Invisible Braces and Invisalign aren’t suited to every patient.  We will guide your choice with recommendations based on decades of practice.

Everyone’s treatment plan is different and so is the cost. Having said that, here are the ballpark timeframes you can expect when you invest in your new smile.

The costs below relate to treatment for both upper and lower teeth.

Type of treatmentEstimated CostTimeframe
Traditional Braces$5000 to $90006 – 24 months
Invisible Braces$5500 to $1400012-24 months
Invisalign$6000 to $90006-18 months

How long will you require braces?

The only way to determine for sure how long you’ll require orthodontic treatment is to consult your Clear Choice Orthodontist.

Your orthodontist will take pictures and X-rays of your mouth and create a custom treatment plan for you.

Orthodontics is not a one-size-fits-all solution and each patient’s mouth is unique. So, while your orthodontist cannot tell you with certainty the exact duration of treatment for your specific case, they can explain to you the factors that influence the amount of time you’ll need to wear your dental appliances. They will then suggest treatment options so you can have the smile you’ve always wanted in the shortest time possible.

Treatment Types

Broadly, there are three options when it comes to correcting your bite or enhancing your smile.

Teeth Straightening - Clear Metal Braces

Traditional braces

This is what most people have in mind when they think about braces. But there’s more than one style available. Clear or tooth-coloured brackets make the appliance much less noticeable. Or you can opt for maximum visibility and choose from a wide colour palette to express your true personality.


The gold standard in invisible alignment treatment. The Invisalign system consists of a graduated series of clear plastic aligners that can be removed when you eat or for special occasions. You need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day to be effective, but if you want a beautiful smile without a hint of braces, Invisalign is for you.

Invisible Braces

Also called Lingual Braces. These work just like traditional braces worn on the front of the teeth, only they’re worn on the inside of your teeth , making them almost completely invisible. Only your close friends and family will know you’re having your smile adjusted.