Successful orthodontic treatment is dependent on a number of factors, like your orthodontist or how your teeth respond to braces.
However a lot of it actually depends on you! Patients who follow instructions often finish 6 months or more early. While those who do not, commonly add an extra 6 to 12 months to their treatment time. Wow, that’s a big difference!
So, what can you do to make sure you finish your treatment on time (or maybe even early!) and get a fantastic smile? Here are 4 simple steps to keep your treatment on track for a great result. Make sure to watch the videos on this page of our website for clear and easy to follow instructions: Orthodontic Care Guide.
Keep Your Smile Amazing At Kineret Orthodontics! - With 4 Easy Steps:
1. Keep Your Appointments
The better you are at keeping your appointments, the faster your treatment time will be! Also very important for an early finish is that you come on time to your appointments. Having enough time to perform planned procedures is essential to your smile’s progress.
2. Avoid Damage to Your Braces
Damage to your braces can really put the brakes on your progress. To prevent breaking off a bracket or bending your wires, be sure to wear a mouth guard when playing sports or a night guard if you grind your teeth. Also follow closely the advice on the Foods and Habits Checklist in your new patient folder.
Specifically, avoid these foods while wearing braces: Popcorn, Nuts, Sticky candy like taffy & caramel, and Ice. Some other examples of foods to avoid are jerky, hard candies, cookies, crunchy cereals, hard (like pita) chips and snacks.
Remember to cut up other foods that can damage braces such as raw fruits and vegetables, remove the crust from pizza and hard or chewy crusted breads. Also, it is best to slice corn off the cob and meat off the bones prior to consumption.
Avoid habits like chewing on pens, fingernails, clothing, etc.
3. Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions--Wear Your Rubber Bands Consistently
If your unique case calls for orthodontic appliances other than braces, it’s crucial to wear them as prescribed. We most often see patients neglecting to wear their elastics, or rubber bands. In general, you’ll only need to take them off when eating a meal, brushing your teeth or wearing a mouth guard and then replace them ASAP. Failure to wear your elastics consistently can extend your treatment time by a lot, harm your roots, and limit the degree of improvement! So be sure to follow your instructions.
4. Be Diligent About Your Oral Hygiene
Maintaining healthy teeth and gums during treatment is very important! Braces can make it harder to keep your teeth clean, so you need to be extra diligent about your oral hygiene when you’re undergoing treatment.
Cavities and gum disease can complicate and prolong your treatment and no one wants spotty teeth from not brushing. So if you want to get those braces off as quickly as possible and have a stellar smile, brush, floss, proxy-brush, and hydro-floss (water-pik) and don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly!
Keep Your Orthodontic Treatment on Track in 4 Simple Steps and Get Done Early
If you follow these guideline, I promise you… It Will All Be Worth It!
Going through orthodontic treatment takes a little extra effort and focus, but it can be life changing. By following these simple steps, you can stay on track and get the smile you’ve always wanted and deserve!
If you have any more questions, call us today. We’re always here for our amazing patients. Thank you for letting us be a part of your journey to a fantastic smile!
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