One of the most common things people ask when they have braces is, “How can I get them off faster?” It’s understandable, given that braces can appear unsightly and feel uncomfortable for many patients. If you’ve already been wearing braces for a long time, you may be wondering how you can speed up the process. Although there are no quick fixes for getting braces off, there are a number of things you can do to move treatment along.
Watch Eating Habits
What you eat can have a surprisingly large effect on when you can get your braces off. Carbonated drinks and soda, for example, can damage teeth in such a way as to prevent them from moving properly. Gummies, caramels, and candy bars can also prevent teeth from moving in the right direction or even cause wires and brackets to bend. When eating healthier foods, take the time to chop up foods that are harder to chew and take small bites. This will help to avoid breaking brackets or wires.
Care for Your Braces
Following good dental habits is another key part of making sure that your braces come off on time. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to get between brackets and floss daily. You can use an orthodontic floss threader or a water flosser to make this process easier. The healthier your gums and teeth are the more likely you are to be able to get those braces off early. Make sure that you are wearing your elastics if your dentist has given you them, as they are there to help straighten your teeth. Without them it will take longer to get your braces off.
Quality Dental Care from Affinity Dental
See your dentist regularly to ensure your dentures are always in perfect condition! At Affinity Dental, we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule.
We accept most insurance plans and offer convenient payment options. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health! Call us today, at 410-719-7900.