The most common question asked by people wearing braces is usually, “How do I get my braces off faster?” This is an understandable concern and we can certainly sympathize. While braces are commonly used to realign and straighten teeth, treatment times can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. This is a significant amount of time, especially to a teen.
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If you’ve worn braces long enough, you may start to wonder how you can speed up the straightening process. While there are no “magic quick-fixes” in ensuring that your teeth will move quickly and safely, there are a few simple things you can do to help move along your treatment at a slightly faster pace.
1. Watch What You Eat
Limiting what you eat and put into your mouth is an important step to follow in order to get your braces off faster. Here’s a few tips to remember when eating and drinking with braces:
Stay away from carbonated drinks and sodas. These types of drinks can damage the health of your teeth and prevent them from moving properly while wearing braces.
Steer clear of sticky or gooey foods, such as gummies, chocolate candy bars, or caramels, as they can stick to brackets and prevent them from working well. Constant chewing is tough on braces and can cause wires to bend out of place or prevent teeth from moving in the right direction, so be sure to avoid chewy foods or snacks that include gum, chips, popcorn, or toffee.
Take the time to chop up hard foods like apples, raw vegetables, crunchy breads, or meat. When eating, take small bites of your food and chew slowly and carefully. This will relieve any pain in biting into something that is hard or chewy, and will help avoid breaking brackets or wires, ultimately helping you get your braces off faster.
Stick to eating and chewing food only. It’s also important not to chew or bite down on anything that isn’t food while wearing braces, such as chewing on pencils or pens, and biting your nails, as it can damage your wires.
2. Properly Care For Your Braces
When you take good care of your mouth, teeth, and braces, you’re speeding up the process in getting your braces off faster.
With the many different wires and brackets in your mouth, it’s important to brush your teeth regularly and on a daily basis. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to brush your teeth and between brackets. Do this in a circular motion for at least two to three minutes everyday. It may be helpful to invest in an electric toothbrush during this time, as it’s a great way to apply a consistent brushing technique to your braces. Be sure to floss daily, preventing plaque buildup between teeth and gums, allowing braces to do their work properly. The healthier your gums and teeth are, the more likely your teeth will be able to move fast and you’ll be able to get your braces off early.
If your dentist has given you rubber bands (elastics), make sure you don’t play with them and that you keep them on. Although it may be uncomfortable at times or hard to wear them at night, they are there to help straighten your teeth, and removing them will only prolong the time you have to wear them. When wearing the bands, try to relax your jaw and concentrate on not grinding your teeth, as this puts pressure on them and prevents the alignment process.
3. Consider Accelerated Treatment
You can also take proactive steps to get your braces off early by using accelerated treatments offered at 1st Family Dental. These types of treatments are designed to help the mouth adjust well and move teeth along faster with braces.
Propel Chairside Excellerator
The Propel System is a simple chair-side treatment that our orthodontists can use to accelerate your teeth correction, including spacing, gaps between teeth, and other alignments that are aided with braces. Propel can induce and enhance bone metabolism, causing teeth to move into their straightened places quickly and easily. This is a great procedure for parents and teens with busy schedules that are looking to get their braces off early. To learn more about this process, ask your orthodontist at your next visit or you can schedule a free orthodontic consultation.
For adults, AcceleDent is a powerful dental tool that can be easily used by patients within their own home. AcceleDent works by applying consistent and gentle pressure to teeth at different angles, which allows the gums to loosen up and for the bone and connective tissue to accommodate the remodeling of the mouth. This action speeds up the process of teeth moving and aligning into place. This type of accelerated treatment can make a big difference and is a great option for getting your braces off early. You can learn more about Acceledent here, or by scheduling a free orthodontic consultation at one of our offices near you.
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Food keeps on getting stuck in my braces. WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!
Get interdental brushes and use those in your braces.
You should floss and brush your teeth after your done eatting so the food that you ate wouldn’t be stuck on your braces and if you drink surgary drinks you should brush your teeth right away when your done eatting because if you don’t then that is really bad.
You can’t help it you just have to floss them after eating
I just got my braces and it’s alredy hurting my lip and I can’t eat anything what should I do?
At night put a rolled up tissue between your braces and your lip and it will heal, and it will heal stronger so it won’t happen again.
Can I bend rubber band hooks if I don’t use rubber bands? I’ve had braces for 2 weeks and they are the biggest factor in mouth discomfort.
You will need them later in the braces process so please do not try to bend them. You could end up taking the whole bracket off. If it’s causing you discomfort, try using some braces wax around it.
You can put dental wax on any irritating parts of your braces (that’s what I did)
Do not eat bubble gum but mabe some thing cold
I had braces for almost 5 years now
How can I speed up the process of me aligning my teeth? Other than elastics
I have my braces now I wanna take off.. I have no insurance so what’s will be cost for that??
Same dude same
How can I tell if the “bite” improvement in my mouth is completed?
What I noticed was that I could feel my bottom teeth right behind my front teeth when I closed my mouth. That means that they should overlap in a say where you can feel the contact between your teeth.(bottom teeth behind the front.)
Hi there, any tips on how to move my teeth to fill in gaps faster? Also, can I use multiple rubber bands on the same hooks to increase the resistance of the pull on the teeth? Will this method help move my teeth faster?
No , if you double your rubber bands it can actually make you prolong your duration of having your braces on. They should have told you that at the orthodontist
I have braces I would like to get them off soon
My two “vampire teeth ” at the front are quite high up how can I move these down faster ?
That’s how my teeth were I’ve had my braces for 11 months and they’ve been down they went down at 6 months. What I did was brush my teeth three times a day and that seemed to straighten my teeth faster
How soon (by months) would braces come off with proper care using the steps above as opposed to not caring for the braces, with the original wait time given by the dentist being around 18 months?
Thanks! This really helps, I got braces yesterday and I want them to be worth my while? Any tricks for getting them to hurt less?
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Thanks for sharing information about Dental Braces and Dental care !!
I like your comment on staying away from soda and carbonated drinks to help with your braces. I would imagine that these types of drink would make it harder for your braces to do a good job. My son needs braces so when he gets them on we’ll have to limit carbonated drinks so they can do their job.
Thanks for the beautiful article to share and to share such a simple and useful tips about the braces.
I also wearing braces and i got one of the most important problem is my food chunks will got into the braces so that i have to clean up frequently. please give some idea how to manage braces during wearing period for me to get rid of those food chunks.
Try cutting your food into bite size pieces and chewing with your molars, rather than biting into the food.
Nice Article..Thank you for giving tips about dental braces…
peoples nowdays drinks clod drinks mostly so it’s not necessary get harm heavily or it can?
Marc, it’s not the temperature of the drink that matters. Sodas have a lot of sugar that can damage your teeth.