Last Updated on
When you look at your teeth, it’s obvious that there are problems that brushing and flossing aren’t going to fix. Your issues don’t have to do with oral hygiene or the health of your teeth. Orthodontic concerns are at the root of your problem. Braces are the ideal way to correct issues with gaps, crowding, and a bite that is not in proper alignment. In order to correct orthodontic problems, your orthodontist will create a treatment plan that is a good fit for your teeth. As you prepare for this next step in life, it is natural to have questions.
The timescale for treatment is likely to be one of the biggest concerns. Patients want to know how long it will take to get their ideal smile so that brackets and wires can come off. It is typical for orthodontic treatment to take at least two years. Two and a half years is ideal. Some patients may need up to four years if orthodontic concerns are severe.
- 1 People Also Ask
- 2 People are Talking
- 3 Is it Possible to Have Braces Removed Early?
- 4 Orthodontic Correction is a Process
- 5 Things to Do
- 6 Don’t Miss Appointments
- 7 Ask about Accelerated Treatments
- 8 Create Your Plan of Orthodontic Action
People Also Ask
- Can you get braces off sooner?
- Can you speed up braces?
- Do getting your braces off hurt?
- How quickly do teeth move with braces?
People are Talking
Is it Possible to Have Braces Removed Early?
If you are like so many patients, you’ll want to find a way to speed up results and get to the finish line faster with orthodontic treatment. Your orthodontist is going to provide you with a timescale for your treatment plan. This will inform you about every step of the process, including:
- Your initial consultation visit
- The day your treatment method begins
- Regular checkups and adjustments
- Removal of your treatment method
- Fitting for a retainer
In the end, the length of time for orthodontic treatment will depend on what is happening in your mouth and how well you are responding to treatment. Your orthodontist is only going to remove your form of treatment when your teeth are ready.
End Orthodontic Treatment Early?
In order to have optimal results with orthodontic treatment, it is going to take time. The teeth need to be shifted gradually in order for results to be safe and effective. The main goal is to ensure that your teeth and bite are in proper alignment. Making any adjustments too quickly could cause more harm than good. Removing forms of orthodontic treatment too early will make it more likely for teeth to shift back into their original position.
If you are going to make an investment of time and visits to the orthodontist’s office to correct your teeth, you want your treatment to be right the first time. While it is true that patience is necessary while undergoing orthodontic correction, it is a process that will be worth the wait. Experience the following benefits of properly aligned teeth:
- Healthier teeth that are easier to keep clean
- Reduce the risk of TMJ disorders and sleep apnea
- Get a boost in self-esteem from a beautiful smile
Orthodontic Correction is a Process
It isn’t possible to make teeth magically shift into the ideal position overnight. The process involves careful planning and an orthodontic treatment plan that is specifically tailored to suit the needs of each patient. It requires placing trust in the expertise and experience of the orthodontist.
By following care instructions and avoiding foods that can cause damage to orthodontic treatment alternatives, it may be possible to shorten the length of treatment. The use of self-litigating brackets and a device that sends pulses of energy to your teeth for home use may also make your teeth move more effectively. In the end, only the orthodontic specialist can make that call.
Things to Do
- Don’t eat hard, sticky or sugary foods, or drink fizzy beverages:
Avoid foods such as popcorn, nuts, chips, bubblegum, toffee, caramels and cookies. And don’t chew on ice cubes or drink soda pop. All of these things can damage braces and/or cause tooth decay.
- Keep a clean mouth:
Better dental hygiene can allow your teeth to move into the correct position quicker, and shorten the wearing time for your braces.
- Don’t push your teeth out of line:
Biting your nails and playing with your elastics prolong the amount of time you have to wear braces. Find another nervous habit and you’ll see the end of treatment faster.
- Chopping up solid food:
Foods such as raw fruits and vegetables and hard-crusted bread are great when cut into bite-sized pieces. This reduces pressure on braces during eating.
- Don’t chew on anything but food:
Objects such as pens and straws can damage braces and result in added time at the orthodontist’s office. So dont chew them at all.
Don’t Miss Appointments
When you miss an appointment, you are setting back your treatment by weeks or months. If you have an emergency or similar then reschedule at the earliest convenience.
Ask about Accelerated Treatments
Propel incorporates a simple 3 step system which is used chair-side by your orthodontist to stimulate the bone around your teeth during tooth movement. This increases the speed of bone remodeling which is a paramount step toward achieving the straight, perfect smile you’ve always wanted.
In traditional orthodontic treatment, teeth move as a result of pressures placed by your braces. These pressures result in bone remodeling as teeth shift and move through bone to their desired position. With Propel this process is accelerated by stimulating your bone to rebuild and remodel, achieving the desired results in far less time and with much less discomfort. In fact in some clinical trials the Propel system has been proven to reduce orthodontic treatment time by up to 60%.
Are you a candidate for Propel? Propel is a clinically proven tool for success and can be used on up to 80% of patients who require orthodontic treatment. The best way to determine if it can help you is to visit an experienced Propel orthodontist.
Trust in the Journey
The most important thing that you can do is have an open mind and trust your orthodontist when it comes to your action plan for your teeth. Keep the end goal in mind. You want to have an unforgettable smile and need patience. Don’t rush your results in order to have the best outcome. Removing any type of orthodontic treatment before it is recommended could just send you back to square one. Take pictures along the way and post them as a reminder that progress is being made.
Take good care of your teeth. Ask questions when you come in for your regular appointments to see what kind of changes are being made in the position of your teeth if any adjustments are necessary, and it the time scale for your orthodontic treatment plan has changed at all from when it was originally anticipated. Everyone is unique. The amount of time for one person will be different for another. It all depends on the nature of the orthodontic problem and how well a person responds to treatment.
Find Out What to Expect
You won’t know what your journey will be until you actually sit down with your orthodontist to learn about the concerns with your teeth and what kind of options are available to you. If you are only interested in how your front teeth look, you may be able to shorten your treatment time. However, this is not the best course of action if you want lasting results that will treat your entire mouth. You want to get to the root of any issues with your teeth in order to get the most out of your treatment plan.
Create Your Plan of Orthodontic Action
Accordingly, if you have questions and concerns about the right orthodontic treatment plan for you, make an appointment with Dr. Adam Schulhof at the Schulhof Center for Cosmetic Orthodontics. Dr. Schulhof’s great love of orthodontics shines through for every patient who walks in his door. He is a leader in lingual braces and many other aspects of orthodontic treatment.
You can trust that your teeth will get the care they need from your initial consultation to every step in the process for effective orthodontic treatment. When you place yourself in Dr. Schulhof’s care, your teeth will be properly adjusted on the schedule that meets your needs. It will be worth your wait. Contact us today to start an amazing journey to a beautiful new smile.
Like what you read? Comment below or CLICK on an APP LOGO to follow us and share the conversation
New York Office
125 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
Can I Request to Get Braces off Early?
Dr Schulhof graduated with high honours from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received his specialty training from Columbia University.
His early interest in lingual orthodontics has led to him becoming the top provider for Incognito in the U.S. and the world. Dr Schulhof was part of the LingualCare Clinical Advisory Board and is now a Key Opinion Leader for 3M and Incognito. He has presented lectures on lingual orthodontics throughout the U.S. and worldwide. Dr Schulhof is also active in research and development and was a major contributor to the development of Incognito Lite. Recently, New Jersey Orthodontist Dr Schulhof has opened a satellite practice in NYC.