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.