Health

How You Can Improve the Effectiveness of Braces

Want to get your braces off sooner? The time that it takes for braces to straighten your teeth is based on several factors, including the type of braces you choose and your age.

Although those factors may not be in your control, there are others that are. As a matter of fact there are a number of steps you can take to help ensure your braces are as effective as possible:

  • Ask your orthodontist about different types of braces and which one would be most effective for your teeth. If you have a range of options, choose the one that is most effective – rather than looking for one that is aesthetically pleasing.

  • Avoid hard foods that could damage your braces if you chew them. For example you should try not to eat hard candy, nuts, or chew ice.

  • Cut food into smaller pieces to make it easier to chew. The less you need to chew, the lower the risk of damaging your braces.

  • Stay away from sticky food that can easily get stuck in your braces. Most sticky food tends to be sugary or starchy too, which can lead to dental issues.

  • Wear elastic bands as your dentist instructed – which will normally mean wearing them at all times aside from when you eat. Do not take them out and play with them.

  • Stick to a good oral hygiene routine and brush as well as floss regularly. The last thing you want is to end up with dental issues that could result in a major setback.

  • Take care when brushing and flossing and make sure you don’t inadvertently damage the braces. Be gentle, and do not try to ‘scrub’ your teeth.

  • Do not fiddle with the braces with either your fingers or your tongue. Not only can it reduce their effectiveness but if you aren’t careful it may damage them too.

  • Keep your appointments and be sure to never skip any visit to the orthodontist. The appointments are essential to make adjustments to the braces on schedule, and spot potential issues early.

  • Always follow your orthodontist’s instructions and if you have any doubts – ask them first. At the end of the day their advice is the best way to make sure your braces are effective.

If you follow the steps listed above, you should be able to ensure that your braces are effective and cut down the time that it takes to straighten your teeth to the bare minimum. That being said you need to remember that it will still vary on a case by case basis, and you should consult your Kings Cross orthodontist as well.

At the end of the day despite these steps it may still take a while before your teeth are fixed and their alignment is straightened – and there may be nothing you can do about it. It is important that you are patient, and always follow your orthodontists’ plan to the letter so that you stay on track.