Anyone who wears braces is enthusiastic to get them off as soon as possible. While there’s no magical way to fix your teeth, there are ways to speed up your orthodontic treatment. The following tips will help you get the most from your orthodontic treatment in as little time as possible.
Watch What You Eat
It’s hard to follow the strict food rules that come with orthodontic appliances. At the same time, it is entirely worth the trouble. There isn’t a hard, crunchy, or sticky food that is worth the setback it can cause in your treatment. Not only can a loose bracket or wire really hurt your mouth, but it also means your braces will take longer to do their job. For this reason, try very hard to stay away from those tempting treats (yes, even on holidays!) so that your orthodontic treatment can do its work.
Protect Your Teeth (and Braces)
Protecting your teeth and orthodontic appliances includes a couple of steps. First, proper hygiene is essential. Be sure to brush regularly and not too harshly. Also, clean any brackets and wires carefully and well. Secondly, if you or your child play any sports, be sure to use a mouthguard. This is absolutely necessary to protect your teeth and mouth from damage. Additionally, this protects your orthodontic appliances from being bent or damaged.
Follow Doctor’s Orders
It may sound obvious, but whatever treatment your orthodontist prescribes, follow through with it. It’s easy to make excuses at home and not wear your rubber bands all the time or forget your retainer. This is a big component to shortening orthodontic treatment. By following your orthodontist's guidelines, you get a cohesive and effective course of treatment. If you choose to be inconsistent or incomplete, then your treatment will take much longer.
Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly
Regular visits with your orthodontist are important to ensure that your teeth are responding well to treatment. These appointments are also where we make adjustments to your appliances and the overall treatment plan. By checking your progress and replacing your wires, we keep you on track for getting your braces off ASAP. However, if you don’t schedule appointments or don’t keep them, your treatment will be drawn out and take far longer.
No one gets braces and hopes to keep them for a long time. Orthodontic appliances are a means to an end, putting you on the fast track to the straight and beautiful smile of your dreams. By following the tips above, you can streamline your orthodontic experience and get your braces off before you know it, saving yourself time and money. Looking for an excellent orthodontist in the greater Columbus, Ohio area? Be sure to check out James Karpac, who specializes in orthodontics for adults and children.
Congratulations! Your braces are coming off! While this is the end of something big, it’s also a new beginning. You may be wondering how this changes your routine. Here are some of the things you need to know as you head into life after braces.
When the Braces Come Off
At your final adjustment, your orthodontist will let you know it is time for your braces to come off. Your next appointment will take about an hour. Your orthodontist will remove your braces, carefully taking each bracket off with pliers and then cleaning off any remaining glue. Don’t worry! This won’t hurt. Once your brackets are all off, the orthodontist will carefully check your teeth for any cavities, decay, or other concerns. Finally, he or she will take an impression of your teeth to serve as the form for your retainer.
Time to Celebrate
While taking care of your teeth is extremely important, so is celebrating milestones. With this in mind, make sure you indulge in some of the special treats you’ve been missing while you’ve had braces. Apples, corn on the cob, bubble gum, and hard candy are all on the menu. Of course, be sure to brush and floss very well afterward! Also, be sure to take some photos of your beautiful new smile.
What to Expect
After braces, remember that you need time to adjust to using your mouth without them. All of the ways you normally move your mouth, like chewing and talking, will feel different and even odd. Don’t worry, this feeling won’t last for long. Also, your teeth will look different. You haven’t seen them much in a while! There may be some discoloration, but it will be minor and go away quickly as well.
How to Keep Great Teeth
You’ve worked hard for your straight teeth, so be sure to maintain them. Follow up as soon as you can with your orthodontist to get your retainer, and listen closely to your instructions on when and how long to wear them. Retainers help your teeth hold their new positions. Before long, you’ll be able to switch to only nighttime wear. Additionally, keep up with your dental cleanings and daily maintenance. If you notice any problems with your teeth, such as decay or shifting, be sure to contact your orthodontist right away.
There really isn’t a feeling like the joy of getting braces removed. You’ve invested a lot in your amazing smile, and now it’s yours to enjoy. With these simple tips, you’ll be ready to jump right into your life after braces. If you have any questions about braces for yourself or someone else, or need help managing other orthodontic issues, contact Dr. James Karpac today.