As you transform your smile, do you ever wonder if there’s a way to speed up the process? Well, we’re happy to tell you that there is! There are actually quite a few things you can do to make your treatment go by quicker, and the first one is attending all of your appointments and doing everything your orthodontist tells you to do. Your orthodontist knows best, and if you follow his instructions, you will enjoy your braces more and you will have a faster treatment process. The other things you can do are:
Practice good oral hygiene
To help your teeth move into their proper positions in a quick and timely manner, you need to keep your teeth clean. In order to do so, you will need to brush and floss your smile after every meal and snack, brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss your teeth before you go to bed, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. These techniques will keep your teeth in tip-top shape and help you prevent dental problems, like tooth decay and gum disease.
Care for your appliance by chopping up solid food
It is best if you chop your solid foods into small pieces before you eat them. That way, your brackets and wires won’t break as you bite into them. The best foods to cut up are those like apples, raw veggies, pears, corn on the cob, hamburgers, etc.
Refrain from chewing on anything but food
Chewing on objects like straws and pens can damage your teeth and braces, which can add to your time spent at the orthodontic office as well as delay your treatment plan.
Treat your teeth right
Nervous habits like biting your nails and playing with your elastics can also prolong your orthodontic treatment. If you do these things, your teeth will be damaged and they will be guided to the improper directions. So, please do your best to kick these habits.
Follow the guidelines on the best and worst foods to eat while you have braces
When you get braces, your orthodontist will tell you about the best and worst foods to eat while you have braces. If you wish to get your braces off sooner, it’s best to avoid the bad foods, like popcorn, nuts, gum, caramel, and toffee, and only eat the foods that are healthy for your smile and appliance.
If you do these things, you will have a successful orthodontic treatment. Please feel free to call our office today if you have any questions!