Tips for Getting Your Braces Off Faster
posted on 12-14-18
If you’re wearing traditional braces, or lingual braces, you probably want to get them off as soon as possible. We understand. While we cannot promise definite solutions to speed up your orthodontic treatment, we can provide a few tips that will help it go smoothly and hopefully expedite the process
1. Avoid Carbonated and Sugary Beverages
While it may seem like no big deal, drinking carbonated and sugary drinks can damage your teeth. This may delay treatment, as damaged teeth tend to move slower than healthy ones.
2. Avoid Sticky Foods
Foods like caramel, nougat, taffy, etc. can easily get stuck on and under brackets and wires, which can slow down treatment times, especially if your braces are not kept clean.
3. Avoid or Cut Up Hard/Crunchy Foods
Eating hard foods makes it more likely that you will pop off a bracket or bend a wire. Eating these types of foods frequently can slow down treatment. Some foods can also get stuck beneath the wires on your braces. Hard and crunchy foods include nuts, hard pretzels, hard candies, chips and popcorn.
You can cut up certain foods, like apples, to make them easier to chew. This will prevent damage to your braces and orthodontic appliances.
4. Keep Your Braces Clean
Keeping your braces clean is key to progress in your orthodontic treatment. Having food trapped in and around your braces can loosen wires and delay treatment.
5. Don’t Chew on Pens/Straws
Chewing on objects, such as pens and straws, can bend wires, pop off brackets and damage other orthodontic appliances, like retainers and space maintainers.
6. Keep Appointments with Your Orthodontist
One of the best ways to stay on track and get your braces off on time, or ahead of time, is to keep up with appointments with your orthodontist. Going to adjustment appointments will allow your orthodontist to monitor your progress, examine brackets and wires and continue tightening your braces as needed in order to keep your teeth moving into their correct alignment.
7. Listen to Your Orthodontist’s Instructions
Listen to your orthodontist’s advice. Follow any instructions they give you during treatment. If you need to wear elastics, wear them faithfully. If you need to turn a key on a space maintainer, turn it as often as your orthodontist prescribes. Your orthodontist is a specialist with many years of training. They know how to best assist you through this process.
By following these tips, your orthodontic treatment should go as smoothly and quickly as possible. If you have any questions, please speak with a UAO orthodontic specialist. You can find one close to you using our Orthodontist finder at the top of this page.