Have you been thinking about getting braces to straighten your teeth? Or perhaps you already have braces. Chances are, you want to achieve a straight, beautiful smile as quickly as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of teeth straightng options available, depending on your circumstances. To get your teeth straight and get your braces off as soon as possible, beware these four things that could delay your braces coming off.
4 Things That Can Delay Your Braces Coming Off
1. Chewing On Pencils
Do you have a habit of biting down on ice and pencils? Stop! Even a piece of ice is hard enough to dislodge a metal bracket or break a wire. If you have Invisalign aligners, a pencil might crack them, delaying treatment time.
2. Not Wearing a Mouthguard
If you play sports, you need to protect your braces and your teeth. Sports injuries are the number one cause of tooth damage. No matter what sport you play, you should wear a mouthguard to protect your braces.
3. Bad Dental Hygiene
Even when you wear braces, good oral hygiene is paramount. While you are wearing braces, it’s easier to get cavities or infections, since food and plaque can get trapped in metal brackets and between the wires. If you wear aligners and fail to brush your teeth after eating, you risk bacteria getting trapped between your teeth and the aligners, increasing your chances of cavities.
4. Skipping Appointments
Regular orthodontic appointments are important to ensure your teeth are moving as planned. If you skip your appointments, your orthodontist won’t be able to see if your teeth are moving properly and make changes based on how your teeth are responding to treatment.
Keep Your Treatment on Track
Your orthodontist is committed to working with you to transform your smile into the straight, healthy smile you’ve always wanted. No matter what type of braces you have, it’s important to follow instructions to ensure treatment runs smoothly you don’t delay your braces coming off.
If you are considering teeth straightening treatment, book a consultation today with Dr. Geoffrey Wexler to discuss your options.