Once we put braces in someone, they immediately begin wondering how long it will take to get them removed and stop treatment. That answer depends on you, and how well you avoid the list of things below.
Here are 5 things that could cause you to keep braces on for longer!
1. Not Attending Your Regular Orthodontist Check-Ups
After you get your braces, it’s important to continue to regularly see your orthodontist for any additional treatment or adjustments to your braces. On average, visits will take place every four to eight weeks, or one to two times a month after your initial braces are put on.
During these visits, your orthodontist will make adjustments and move your wires to help continue to align your teeth. Missing appointments either due to being forgetful or simply not wanting to go to the orthodontist can hinder your progress significantly. Take time to fit your orthodontist appointments into your schedule.
2. Not Wearing Your Retainers
If you’ve undergone extensive orthodontic treatment, such as with braces, your orthodontist will prescribe you a custom-fit retainer that is clear and fits over your teeth, much like an aligner. Although it might seem tempting to simply not wear a retainer, it’s a must after removing braces.
Not wearing a retainer can cause your teeth to go back to where they were and, in essence, relapse on orthodontic treatment. Not only can this cause you to wear braces again, but it can also be costly!
3. Having Bad Oral Hygiene
It’s important to continue to practice good oral hygiene when wearing braces to prevent plaque build-up. Having excess plaque, needing deep cleanings, and having to undergo cavity treatment can all slow down your treatment time.
4. Not Wearing Rubber Bands Correctly
Failing to wear your elastic rubber bands 24 hours a day can seriously hinder your treatment and prevent optimal results from your braces. If you have questions about when to take your bands off, where to hook them on, and how to change them, ask your orthodontist for help!
5. Having Slow-Moving Teeth
Teeth naturally adjust and move over-time, with some people experiencing slower-moving teeth more than others. Don’t worry if your teeth are slow-moving, as this is a natural part of the treatment process. Be patient, and continue to visit your orthodontist as directed.