Once you’ve decided to straighten your smile – chances are, you want to know how long the entire process is going to take. For most of us, we want to finish our orthodontic treatment in as little time as necessary. Thankfully there are a few things you can keep in mind throughout the course of treatment in order to lessen the time that you spend wearing braces:
1. Keep Your Appointments
A visit every 4 to 6 weeks may not seem very often, but it’s easy to let time get away from you. If you find yourself missing or having to reschedule your appointments, it means your orthodontist isn’t able to make adjustments to your smile. Consistent rescheduling could drastically increase the length of time you wear your orthodontics, as it delays progression in treatment.
2. Wear Your Appliances as Directed
If you have rubber bands, an expander, or other type of appliance that is being used – follow directions accordingly. This ensures that the proper modification is being made to your bite, for the next phase of your treatment. Failing to remember these steps each day will prevent your teeth from being moved properly.
3. Avoid Hard, Crunchy, or Acidic Foods
A broken bracket or wire puts a damper on your entire day. Not only does it mean you have to work in a trip to your orthodontist’s office, but it also risks allowing teeth to shift out of place. Be sure to avoid hard or acidic foods that could cause your brackets to detach.
Ask your orthodontist about other options that might be available to see quicker results!
Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
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