How long until teeth start moving?

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How long until teeth start moving?

#1 Post by kay » Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:14 pm

Hi all,

I have been braced for almost 3 weeks now and disappointed that i havn't seen any movement yet. How long does it take for teeth to start straightening out? I know i have to give it time, but even a little movement would make me feel like all this is worth it!!

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#2 Post by johnnya » Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:10 pm

My teeth were straight after two months.
Since I'm also correcting crossbite and overbite it takes many months more..

I noticed that I looked for movement very often at the beginning, but later as I got used to wearing braces I just didn't care anymore..

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#3 Post by Joel- » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:09 pm

I feel the same way :D I want to see more movement, I want a stronger archwire!

I think my teeth might have moved about half a millimeter

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#4 Post by fitchick » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:54 pm

Hi Kay,

I remember posting this question 6mths ago. As Meryaten says 'take photos'. I couldn't see any movement but when I compared photos after about 4 weeks of the braces being on, there was a very definite shape in my arch. My higgeldy piggeldy teeth were all even and arched. It's a good tip.

Good Luck with lots of movement soon!

Jun06 Lower brace on
Aug06 Root Canals completed
Mar07 Upper Brace on
July08 Braces off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#5 Post by overseasmel » Sun Nov 26, 2006 5:10 pm

I'm the same as you Kay. I've been braced for a week and I keep staring at my teeth, willing them to move. And really, nothing yet. I don't feel any of the "tell-tale signs" of movement either, which is a shame. I know they will eventually move, but I was hoping they would be sprinters rather than marathon runners.....

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#6 Post by newmetal » Sun Nov 26, 2006 5:22 pm

Yeai feel your pain. Ive seen movement but not in the area which i wanted to see it. Its frustrating but im holding onto hope that it will happen quickly when the area starts straightening out.


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#7 Post by joney » Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:03 pm

Hi Kay

I'm at the 2 week mark and keep looking for movement. I try to tell myself to be patient but it's hard to be. I do, as others said, notice teeth hitting in different places and have noticed my right canine (near the extraction gap) has moved. I keep looking to see if the spring I have to make room for a hidden incisor is opening up the space but to my disappointment it looks the same. I'm sure things must be happening but it is probably too subtle to see.

As I said, it is hard but we'll probably have to be a bit more patient.

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#8 Post by ghostmyimag3 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 6:40 pm

I've seen movement, and now i have two teeth that i know for sure are moving and yet again those two teeth are sore. My uppers are not overlapped now although i have a small space in between them now. The lowers are slowly making progress.
Metal braces on Uppers and lowers-November 8, 2006

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#9 Post by finally » Sun Nov 26, 2006 10:16 pm

I've had by braces in now for 12 days (yippeeee!) and the only way I could tell they're moving is by flossing. I couldn't get my floss between these two crowded teeth but now I can. Even after my extraction it was still tight but this evening I was able to floss with ease.

How fun is that! I'm anticipating straight teeth by Christmas.

Just kidding. :lol:

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