The duration of your braces treatment will last between 12 months and 24 months, or even longer. This duration is not fixed, and can depend on the intensity of the treatment required, the age of the patient and other factors. However, there may be a few steps you can take to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is completed quickly.
Orthodontists recommend that patients follow all instructions religiously in order to speed up the process follow your orthodontist’s rules for dental hygiene. Brush after every meal, and floss at least twice a day. Keep a travel-sized toothbrush and some dental floss in your handbag, so you can quickly clean your teeth and braces when you are eating out. The healthier your teeth, the lesser the delays in your orthodontic treatment. Strong hard teeth will also move into position quicker than decaying teeth. The quicker the teeth can move into their desired position, the faster your treatment will be completed.
Never remove the bands on your brackets even if they hurt. Some amount of discomfort is part of the braces treatment, and it’s important that you wear the braces as prescribed by your orthodontist. Taking bands off and leaving them for days because you don’t feel like it, or because they hurt too much, or because they are uncomfortable, may actually delay your braces treatment.
Visit the orthodontist for every tightening session. It’s easy to be frustrated at the slow pace of the braces treatment, and miss out on your monthly visit. Every time you delay getting the braces tightened, you lengthen the amount of time you will be stuck with the braces.
Avoid eating hard and chewy candies. This could break your braces, which only causes a delay in treatment. In fact, keep sugary foods and beverages to an absolute minimum. Sugars can cause decay, which can lengthen your treatment.
Avoid foods that place pleasure on your braces while eating. This can increase your treatment duration.
Don’t indulge in any kind of behavior that can break or damage your braces. Avoid biting anything hard. Even if you intend to get your braces fixed as quickly as possible, you may not get an immediate appointment with your orthodontist or may not be able to see him for many days. This is especially true if you are away from home on vacation. Remember that every day without your braces is one day away from your goal.
Avoid chewing or biting your nails because this can cause the teeth to be pushed out of line.
In a nutshell, following your orthodontist’s instructions carefully, avoiding hard and chewy foods that can break your braces, and maintaining good oral hygiene can help you get your braces off sooner.