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It’s finally time to speed up your orthodontic treatment process! We understand that braces can be tricky, inconvenient, and bothersome at times, and it’s tough to patiently wait for your perfect smile to arrive. We get it! And we’re here to tell you that there are five different things you can do each day to move your treatment process along in the right direction. Here they are!

No. 1: Do your best to keep your smile clean.
As you transform your smile, it is extremely important to clean your teeth and braces as much as possible, especially after you eat a meal or snack. That way, you will go throughout your day with a sparkling smile and will reduce your chances of developing tooth decay. It is also vital to stay consistent with your oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing every morning and every night, flossing before bed, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash daily.

No. 2: Cut big, solid foods into small, bite-size pieces.
It is best to chop up hard-to-eat foods, like apples, vegetables, and corn on the cob, so you don’t damage your braces. If you don’t cut these foods into smaller pieces, pressure will be applied to your appliance and the brackets and wires can break, which can definitely slow the transformation of your smile.

No. 3: Don’t chew anything that isn’t edible.
Chewing on hard objects like pens, straws, and ice can damage your appliance and result in additional time at the dental office, which can ultimately lead to longer treatment time.

No. 4: Don’t interfere with the treatment.
Nervous habits like biting your nails and playing with your elastics can also prolong your orthodontic treatment. If you do these things, your teeth will be damaged and they will be guided to the improper directions. So, please do your best to kick these habits.

No. 5: Avoid eating the foods that can damage your appliance and harm your smile.
When you first get braces, your orthodontist will tell you which foods you should and shouldn’t eat. If you follow his instructions and you avoid eating foods that are bad for your teeth and braces, you will have a better chance at finishing your orthodontic treatment in a timely manner. Some of the foods we ask you to avoid include sticky candy, gum, nuts, popcorn, caramel, and toffee.

Now, in addition to these tips, make sure you attend your orthodontic appointments and listen to what Dr. Jorge de la Osa has to say. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office today. We look forward to hearing from you!