Your orthodontist has probably given you a general timeframe for your orthodontic treatment plan. Most patients should plan to wear their braces for one to two years, although treatment could range anywhere from nine months to five years. The length of time required for treatment can depend heavily on your daily habits and the care you take of your orthodontic hardware. There are several recommendations you can follow to help achieve the best results in the quickest time possible:
- Be vigilant with your oral home care. Clean, healthy teeth create the proper environment for your orthodontia to do their job.
- Be careful to avoid foods that can damage your braces. Foods such as raw fruits and vegetables, hard bread, and dense meats should be cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Refrain from gnawing on pens, fingernails, ice or straws to avoid damaging your orthodontic hardware.
- Avoid drinking sugary or carbonated beverages that can cause tooth decay.
- Refrain from eating sticky foods, candy or gum that could damage your braces.
- Follow your orthodontist’s orders and wear any prescribed rubber bands as directed to ensure your braces do their job properly.
- Do not delay regular orthodontic appointments. It is vitally important to keep regularly scheduled orthodontic visits for treatment to work efficiently.
Ignoring these recommendations could greatly extend the time necessary for your orthodontia to correct your teeth and bite and achieve the desired results. In cooperation with your orthodontist, following these simple steps can ensure you many years of a bright, new smile in a timely manner.