Yes, you read it right! There are things you can do to make your orthodontic treatment go by faster, and we are happy to tell you what they are. In addition to the tips your orthodontist gives you, we strongly recommend doing the following five things if you wish for a speedy smile transformation:
No. 1: Practice good oral hygiene habits.
If you keep your mouth clean, your teeth are able to move into their correct positions faster. So, do your best to brush your teeth every morning and every night as well as after each meal, floss as often as possible, and rinse your mouth daily with mouthwash. If you need tips on how to properly do so, please feel free to call our office today.
No. 2: Cut up solid, hard-to-eat foods.
If you cut up the hard-to-eat foods, like raw veggies, fruits, and corn on the cob, you won’t accidentally break your brackets and wires while you bite into them. We understand that it can be annoying to have to cut up your food, but it can also be annoying to have to wait even longer to get your braces off.
No. 3: Avoid habits of chewing on hard objects.
Chewing on hard objects, like pens, straws, and ice can damage your appliance and result in additional time at the dental office, which can ultimately lead to longer treatment time.
No. 4: Don’t harm your teeth.
A lot of people tend to bite their nails or play with their elastics, but those are habits that can easily delay your treatment process. Doing so will harm your teeth and guide them into positions where they don’t belong.
No. 5: Avoid eating unhealthy, hard, or sticky foods.
As you transform your smile, it is very important that you avoid eating specific foods that could damage your braces and harm your teeth. These foods include sticky candy, gum, popcorn, nuts, toffee, caramel, and cookies. Eating these things can break your appliance and create tooth decay, which will not only slow your treatment process down, but it will also alter the health of your smile.
If you do these five things, you will have a better chance at quickly transforming your smile and finally completing your orthodontic treatment. If you have any questions, please feel free to give our office a call. We are here to help you in any way we can!