Tips to Make Your Treatment as Efficient as Possible
The power to have a quicker treatment time is in your hands! Well, actually it’s in your mouth. But it’s also in your day-to-day routine. The things you do on a regular basis with braces can really affect the outcome of your treatment, so make sure that you integrate these practices into your daily routine.
Full-Time Wear of appliances provided to you will always speed up your treatment. Appliances provided might include elastics, a mouthguard at night, a retainer or something else. When your orthodontist gives you an appliance, they will tell you how often they recommend you wear it for a day. Often, this is a minimum requirement. If you spend a lot of time working somewhere where you’re not always talking to people, you may be able to wear a mouthguard or elastics while you, for example, type away on a computer. Even this could speed up your treatment, if your orthodontist encourages it.
Good Oral Hygiene is underestimated, but is very important. People with braces or retainers run a higher risk of cavities because bacteria has more places to grow in the mouth. All those brackets make it easy to trap food particles that don’t come out without a good brush. The last thing you want during the process of braces is cavities. Getting a filling and replacing a bracket on a tooth could set back your treatment time by months.
Showing Up for appointments and postponing as little as possible will, of course, speed up your treatment time. Getting a wire tightening with buccal braces, or a new invisalign fitted is important to the process of your treatment. If you are dreading your appointments to the orthodontist because of the pain you feel after these changes, ask your orthodontist about a device called Acceledent. It is a handheld device attached to a small mouth guard. Initially designed to speed up the movement of teeth through a soft pulse, it also works to soothe the pain associated with a wire tightening or new retainer.
There are so many things you can do to speed up the pace of your treatment. Ask one of our Alberta or BC orthodontists if you can explore the options listed here. If you don’t have an orthodontist, why not book a free consultation with us today? 604-913-1555
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