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As you sit there in class, do you ever despise the wires that poke you? Or do you ever daydream about the day you get your braces off? Well, we get it, and we’re happy to tell you that there are a seven things you can do to finish your orthodontic treatment quickly!

First, attend all of your orthodontic appointments and try not to reschedule them. Your treatment is planned and if you miss or delay an appointment, your treatment will be delayed as well.

Second, listen to and do everything your orthodontist says. Dr. Raymond R. Niles knows best, and if you follow his guidelines and instructions, you will be doing everything possible to achieve the smile of your dreams.

Third, clean your teeth and appliance regularly. Dental hygiene is extremely important, especially when you have braces. If you brush your teeth every morning and every night, floss as often as possible, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily, your teeth will be able to move into the correct position faster. This also helps prevent dental issues, like cavities and gum disease, which can delay your treatment plans.

Fourth, cut up solid foods. If you cut up the hard-to-eat, solid foods, like raw veggies, fruits, and corn on the cob, you won’t accidentally break your brackets and wires while you bite into them. We understand that it can be annoying to have to cut up your food, but it can also be annoying to have to wait even longer to get your braces off.

Fifth, refrain from chewing on anything but food. Chewing on objects like straws and pens can damage your teeth and braces, which can add time to your appointments as well as delay your treatment progression.

Sixth, don’t mess with the transformation process. Try to keep from biting your nails or playing with your elastics. These tendencies guide the teeth in improper directions and wreak havoc on your smile.

Seventh, don’t eat foods that are bad for your braces. These foods include chewy candy, sugary foods, popcorn, nuts, gum, toffee, and cookies. Eating these products can break your appliance and create tooth decay, which will alter your treatment plans and the health of your smile.

Call our office today if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!