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Same-Day Starts, Braces, and Consultations Available!

Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in
Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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Braces are very effective in correcting alignment issues and creating a new smile. You may be wondering how long it takes to give you or your child the perfect smile as crooked teeth are realigned and straightened.  The short answer is that it depends.

How do Braces Work?

Braces do more than just rearrange misaligned teeth; they also help the underlying bone to adapt and hold teeth in their new positions permanently. Factors that affect the time it takes to straighten crooked teeth include the patient’s age, type of treatment and individual needs.

The bracket and archwire work together to move the tooth into a new position.  The shift is purposefully gradual to allow your orthodontist to decide how to best move your teeth into their new position. Remember that the new movement requires bone to be broken down and then regrow in the new tooth position. This all takes time depending on your specific treatment plan.

When Will You See Visible Change in Teeth Alignment? 

Some people may see changes within four weeks, but typically it takes around two or three months.  The American Association of Orthodontists report that the median length of orthodontic treatment lasts 22 months.  However, the time for a patient to see noticeable change will vary depending on overall treatment time.

For adults, the average length of time is usually less than it is for children, depending on the patient’s treatment plan.  For patients who only need to close a gap, braces or Invisalign may only take six to eight months to align teeth properly. The time it takes to wear braces does not include the post-treatment retainer to ensure teeth stay properly aligned.

Can I Shorten my Time Wearing Braces?

Everyone wants their orthodontic treatments to progress quickly but to maximize results, it is important to move teeth at an intelligent pace. In the end, you will need to trust your orthodontist’s advice and be patient about the length of orthodontic treatment.

There are a few things you can do to make your orthodontic treatment effective to avoid any delays.  This includes making sure you brush and floss teeth regularly, eat a proper diet and make regular appointments with your dentist or orthodontist for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Our expert Charleston County orthodontist and highly trained staff at Reese Orthodontics are eager to join you and your family on the journey to a healthier and happier smile.  To request your appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist Dr. Reese, please contact us.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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2057 Charlie Hall Blvd. STE D
Charleston, SC 29414


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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).