The concern that many patients have about the braces treatment is whether their teeth will be in line in a single row. The treatment usually takes them a year or two to go ahead and set the teeth right. There are several different orthodontist problems that people could have and depending on the kind of problem that you have, your braces will take that long to get your teeth in a straight line. However, if it is close to the time that your braces are going to be taken off and you still don’t see your teeth in a straight row then you have a right to be concerned. At the next meeting with your orthodontist, go ahead and raise this question.


The orthodontist will be able to answer your concerns correctly. An orthodontist is a specialist and he knows exactly how long the teeth will take to get into line. They have years of experience and expertise. They might also suggest a longer period of time for you to continue to keep the braces on.

Don’t be over critical of your teeth. There might be times that you might have visualized teeth that are all pearly white and in a neat tidy row. But, this might not be realistic taking several personal factors of your teeth in mind. Therefore, when you think of straight teeth go ahead and have a realistic visual in mine. Also, when you see your teeth without braces they might seem a little odd.

Most orthodontist at this part of the treatment will go ahead and prescribe a retainer for you to wear. This will ensure that your teeth do not go back to their original places once again. You will be able to ask your orthodontist about a permanent or a removable retainer. These retainers will further help your teeth remain in a straight line and not move to their former position. A word of caution here, do not let go of your retainers or you are in for trouble. Your teeth will then slide back to their original position and all that you will have left behind is a waste of time and effort. The retainers will do a great service by holding the teeth in place. Therefore, the next time that you look in the mirror you will not find your teeth to be crooked. Just a few days without retainers, and you will have crooked teeth once again. Then you will have to start the treatment right from scratch.

As soon as your dentist lets you know that your braces are going to be removed and you have a concern about your teeth looking crooked let them know right away. Then, the dentist will have a further closer look and decide whether the braces need to be kept on for a few more days. That should be able to make your teeth more aligned and in a straight line.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 24 - September - 2012, at 23:08 PM

  • Hi HANNAOLGA,I would suggest you to have confidence in the dentist who is treating your teeth,you would be able to feel safe and secure and not anxious during your dental visits.Also,listening to music prior to your dental appointment would greatly help you relax and achieve a sense of peace that will take your mind off the pain and fear.I would also advice you to follow your dentist's advice regarding retainers.Retainers help to keep the teeth in their new position to which they are moved after the orthodontic treatment.The braces straighten your teeth but the teeth are not settled into the new position until the bone,muscles and the tissue around the teeth adapt themselves according to the new position of the teeth.I hope you are convinced now to wear your retainers religiously.Thanks for your comment.Keep us updated.

  • hannaolga

    hannaolga 24 - September - 2012, at 02:18 AM

  • I really had tough two years with braces and now my doctor says that i need to wear retainers for the whole life. I am very much depressed with this treatment. Is there any way out to rescue from dentist. How to overcome dental phobia. Everytime i land up in dental clinic my heart beat goes up and bowel movements start.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 26 - October - 2011, at 21:19 PM

  • Miriam, If you are not satisfied with outcome of braces treatment then you can visit your orthodontist and discuss your problem with him. If now you try to wear the retainers after stopping them, they won't fit. In any case you have to go to orthodontist who after doing examination will give the solution. Moresoever if you think they are fine then donot listen to others cuz they donot remember how your teeth were before.

  • Miriam

    Miriam 26 - October - 2011, at 16:42 PM

  • I had braces then i wore my retainers for the amount of time that my dentist said but now everyone saying that they are strsight anymore:( please helppp!!! Thanks

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