On average, most people wear full braces for one to three years. Retainers may be worn indefinitely to ensure that the final results remain stable.

Braces are generally very effective in realigning crooked teeth and correcting improperly positioned jaws. But the person wearing the braces has an important role to play in the success of the treatment.

Follow your orthodontist's instructions precisely, especially during the retention period. When it comes to this final phase, it's important to wear the retainer as directed or risk losing the benefits gained while wearing braces.

Mar. 13, 2013