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Tips for Getting Braces Off Early

For most people braces aren’t a very fun experience. While the straight teeth that result provide a lifetime of satisfaction, the time spent wearing braces isn’t the easiest. Many people wonder how they can get their braces off as quick as possible without compromising the straightness of their teeth. Here are 3 tips for getting your braces off early:

  1. Opt for the stronger wires- If your dentist gives you the option of a weak or strong wire you should always opt for the stronger one. You will feel a greater strain on your teeth the first couple days after the switch, but once you get used to it, it shouldn’t feel any different than the normal wires. Having the thicker wires can really speed up your overall teeth straightening and could end up shaving a couple weeks off your expected completion date.
  2. Follow instructions- One of the best ways to get your braces off as early as possible is to follow all of the instructions that your orthodontist gives you. When you first get your braces on they will give you an estimated outline for your procedure, but if you do everything that you’re supposed to, there is a good possibility that they will come off early. One of the areas that can make a big difference in your braces timeline is wearing rubber bands. Make sure that you wear your rubber bands exactly the way that your doctor tells you to. It is also important to wear your rubber bands at night. Wearing rubber bands can be a bit of a pain, but so are braces in general, so you might as well do it and make things move faster.
  3. Ask your orthodontist- If you are completely tired of wearing your bracing and want to get them off early, then you should discuss your options with your orthodontist. There is always a chance that they can work with you to help you get the braces off early than planned for situations like senior pictures. There is a chance that you will be able to wear a well-fitting retainer as a substitute for having the braces if your teeth have reached a certain point. There is also a chance that your orthodontist will be able to tighten your braces to speed up the process. It will be a lot more uncomfortable than the outlined plan but it could speed things up. The only way to know for sure is to ask, so don’t be afraid to bring up your question the next time you visit your doctor.

Even though getting your braces off early seems enticing, if your teeth aren’t ready yet, you need to be patient until the doctor gives you the green light. 

Katie is a freelance writer for Valley Goldmine Reno

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