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How to Get Your Braces Off in Time

June 22, 2021
life after braces
“How long will I have to wear my braces?” It’s a question we hear all the time. However, there isn’t just one answer. Each patient has their own treatment plan and different treatment timeline based on their own specific orthodontic needs. Once your TW Ortho doctor determines how long your treatment time will be, there are some things you can do to help ensure you get your braces off in the time. Check out these helpful tips!

Keep Up with Checkups!

Make sure that you continue to see your general dentist every six months for routine checkups that help keep your mouth healthy. Seeing your dentist during orthodontic treatment is often missed! When you go to your TW Orthodontist, they will not be professionally cleaning your teeth. Staying on top of these appointments will help keep your teeth healthy throughout your orthodontic journey.


Good Oral Hygiene Habits are Key! 

Keep brushing and flossing your teeth twice per day and after meals. Decay and other concerns caused by poor hygiene can delay treatment time. Flossing and brushing with metal in your mouth can be an adjustment but not staying on top of proper cleaning can result in longer treatment time.

Follow Your Orthodontist’s Instructions!

This is a biggie – if your doc tells you that you need to wear rubber bands or other appliances, follow their instructions exactly. This plays a huge part in staying in line of your orthodontic timeline!

Choose Foods and Drinks Carefully!

Certain snacks are known to break brackets, which will delay being braces-free! Try to stay away from granola bars, popcorn, hard candy, gum and other crunchy foods. Sugary drinks like sodas or energy drinks can also lead to decay that will lengthen your treatment time and cause permanent damage.

Wear Your Mouth Guard!

If you play sports or have hobbies where there is a chance you could be hit in the face or mouth, wear your mouth guard. Injuries that damage your braces can make treatment times longer.

Don’t Chew with Braces!

Don’t chew on pencils, ice or hard candies. This can cause damage that might cause a delay in treatment time. This is a great reason to break those bad habits!

Our entire team wants you to get the very most out of your orthodontic treatment, and that means getting your braces off as quickly as possible. If you follow the above tips, you are doing your part to achieve your most beautiful smile! And remember, if you have any concerns or dental emergencies, call us immediately. We’re always here to help!
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403 Western Bypass
Andalusia, AL
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736 E. Lee Street
Enterprise, AL 36330
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4635 Woodmere Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36106
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107 YMCA Drive
Selma, AL 36701