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How often will I have to replace my braces?

I have got braces fit for correcting misalignment of my upper teeth. Do braces require to be changed often?

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When you visit your orthodontist for your adjustments your wires will typically be changed and not the braces themselves. On occasion your brackets may need to be repositioned or replaced if they are damaged or broken.
No. The wires may need to be changed every month and a half or so, depending on the wire and what its made of. Braces can be repositioned to speed up details but that is not too often.
Once the brackets are placed you will probable be seen every 3 to 4 weeks. The wires in the bracket will be chance at certain intervals depending on how the teeth are moving. They may also have to place certain elastics depending on what movement needs to be done.
Very rarely. There are only a few reasons that one should have to replace braces (brackets or bands) during treatment other than when they break or ome loose. The most common reasons are:

1- The tooth was not fully erupted (grown in) when the first brace was put on and now the position has to be changed to align the tooth in question with the other teeth.
2- The tooth was so out of position at the beginning that the bracket could not be placed at the correct spot on the tooth to begin with and after some movement, the tooth has been corrected to the point where it can be repositioned properly.
3- For purposes of detaining and finishing where "tweaking" a tooth's position with the wire would be more cumbersome than just repositioning the bracket.
4- An opposing tooth is biting into the bracket and the bracket position is causing damage to the opposing tooth.

There are a few other reasons but these are the most common and even these occur rarely.
Hi. Your orthodontist will be adjusting the braces and changing the wires and bands periodically. Probably every month or so. Depending on how long your treatment is (usually 24 months) they will be tightened frequently. The orthodontist may also add brackets, wires and different elastics during the course of treatment. Thanks for you question.
Typically, your dentist or orthodontist will want to see you once a month. Your brackets will stay on your teeth. They will change the wires and elastics. 
Eric Buck
The brackets that have been glued (bonded) to the teeth are not changed during treatment but the wire connecting them will be changed periodically as the teeth straighten.
Your orthodontist will evaluate you periodically to see if any adjustments need to be made to your braces. You should call the orthodontist and find out when they would like to evaluate you next and they will be able to tell you what steps will be taken to straighten your teeth.
Hello there,
Braces have to be adjusted periodically and the frequency depends on your goal and your progress.
Most patients go through 12-18 months treatment period and the braces have to be adjusted and refitted every 2-3 weeks.
I hope this has helped.

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Dragos Sandulescu DDS
Not sure if I understand your question properly, but if you just started you traditional ortho treatment, you will see your orthodontist approximately once every month. Teeth has to be moved slowly with constant light force, they will need to do adjustments or change elastics until desired reault is achieved and then you will wear retainers. If its invisalign then frequency is usually once every 4 or 6 weeks.
Hi! Depending on type of braces, metal fixed vs invisalign, both types need top be evaluated and adjusted by a dentist or orthodontist frequently. As the teeth move, the dentist will make adjustments to the wire in order to continue the movement of the teeth to the desired location. If changes and adjustments are not performed, the teeth will remain where they currently are, and further movement will not happen. Hope this helps!
Braces depend the system used to determine the frequency of changing out parts. Generally, one time per month to get traditional braces with brackets and wires. The clear aligner braces may need changed out every two weeks but visit to a dental office every 4-6 weeks.
Once you begin orthodontic treatment, you should consult your orthodontist concerning how often the braces should be changed. If you had braces put on previously, and they have been taken off, relapse can occur. It is best to consult with an orthodontist to determine if retreatment is necessary.
This is really a question for your orthodontist or whomever is doing your orthodontic treatment. Typically the braces stay on until the end of treatment and you will go in every 4-6 weeks for wires to be changed. Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, it is imperative that you wear your retainer FOR THE REMAINDER OF YOUR LIFE to prevent any relapse.

Hope this helps,
Dr. Rankin
Position of each bracket on the tooth is very specific depending on what we are trying to achieve. Sometimes teeth are misaligned so much, that an ideal bracket placement is not possible. In this case we cement a bracket as close to ideal position as possible, wait for a tooth to start moving and change or replace the bracket to more optimal position later in the treatment. It doesn't happen often. Keep the dialog open and ask your orthodontist what he/she is doing and why.
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you asking if you have to get braces again?


Tony Skanchy, DMD, MDS
Braces stay for the time needed to correct the alignment of teeth and after you are done you wear a retainer for life.
There are several types of braces available, but most are of the permanent fixed type that are applied to your teeth for the entire course of your recommended treatment plan. Your orthodontist will make adjustments to this framework usually monthly to make sure your progress is headed in the right direction. All you have to do is maintain cleanliness of the appliance and watch your food list so that you don't incur breakage and your progress speeds along according to your treatment plan. Good luck, you're doing something that will last a lifetime and provide you with many years of value.
No, you just need to wear a retainer at night to prevent any changes.
The doctor who did your braces should have already explained this to you. With braces: the brackets on the teeth stay until treatment finishes, the wire often needs changing every few months, the little colour elastic needs changing every 4-8 weeks.
Braces are normally affixed till the completion of treatment. Wire changes and ties create the movement. These adjustments can range from 4-12 week intervals.
I have no expertise in orthodontics.
You need to be under an orthodontist's care.
I'm not really sure what you are asking. Assuming you mean you have conventional braces now, generally the orthodontist will replace the little elastics on the brackets at each visit. When your course of treatment is done, you will be given a retainer. Be sure it's worn as prescribed.