How to Get Straight Teeth Faster With Braces

Straight Teeth Faster

Even if you weren’t sure about starting your orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces when you were a teenager, you may have always had that nagging thought in the back of your mind. Here at Hillsdale Orthodontics, we receive many adult patients who are finally convinced their ortho treatment is long overdue.

The saying makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it? Better late than never. You can read here if you’d like to know more about why you would need an orthodontist.

When it comes to wearing braces, you can’t really go wrong. The treatment aims to correct your dental structures’ alignment to ensure their proper function and optimal dental health upkeep.

Maybe you were put off because wearing braces looked too weird in your mouth, or the thought that the treatment would take too long. Regardless, we want to help you put those questions to rest and realize starting your treatment with braces is the safest and fastest way to align your teeth.

How to Make Your Teeth Get Straighter Faster With Braces

A pressing concern for adults who consider wearing braces is how long they’ll have to wear their orthodontic appliance. While every treatment plan may differ, even though the patients wear the same appliances, there are some general recommendations we can give you to ensure your treatment advances as efficiently as possible.

Dietary Recommendations

So, how can you make your teeth get straighter faster with braces? The first tip is pretty straightforward: stay away from some foods.

Some patients fail to understand just how critical it is to follow their orthodontist’s recommendations regarding their dietary restrictions. We’re not just trying to play the evil role and telling you not to eat popcorn or hard taco shells. When you disregard those recommendations and eat foods that can break your braces, you risk suffering orthodontic emergencies and requiring replacements that will delay your treatment.

Dental Hygiene

The second way you make sure your treatment is as efficient as possible is to maintain good dental hygiene throughout your treatment time. We know brushing your teeth while wearing braces might be a bit more challenging. Don’t worry; we’re preparing a guide for braces users.

However, there’s one thing that’s undeniable. Clean teeth will realign faster. The reasoning is pretty much the same as with the previous point. If you have a bad oral hygiene routine during your treatment, you’ll risk developing additional dental health complications that could delay your treatment.

If a patient’s periodontal tissues weaken, their teeth may not have the support they require to endure the motions that characterize an orthodontic treatment. In short, you have to clean your teeth thoroughly to ensure they straighten faster.

Visit Your Orthodontist Regularly

So here goes the third recommendation: don’t skip your follow-up visits with an orthodontist. We schedule them to ensure everything is moving as expected. We also need to ensure that your braces get the adjustments they require to continue moving your teeth and jaws; otherwise, your progress will stagnate, and we won’t achieve the results you expected.

Follow-up visits take virtually no time off your daily schedule and will ensure you keep on track towards that beautiful smile you want. We hope to see you coming back to the office for your next scheduled appointment.

What Will Happen if Braces Move Your Teeth Too Fast?

There are two sides to every coin, right? The same happens with treatment times and pacing. There are complications that may delay your treatment, but you may also suffer from some complications if we force your teeth to move too fast.

Granted, there are options to let patients enjoy safe accelerated orthodontic treatments, but we can’t just force a traditional treatment with conventional braces to cut its length in half. The beauty of the orthodontic treatment is that we can safely and gradually move your teeth because your jaw bone can regenerate and fix the teeth in their new position.

However, if we rush this process, the force used may affect your teeth’ roots and kill the soft tissues within, causing more harm than good. This is why we study so much and carefully plan our treatment. We want to help you achieve great results, not ruin your smile forever.

What Are the Teeth Straightening Options for Adults?

Ultimately, your orthodontist will carefully examine your dental structures’ status and recommend you some orthodontic treatment options over others. Whichever you choose, it will have the backing of a professional like Dr. Leemin.

Keep in mind that you won’t be limited to traditional braces when choosing your orthodontic appliance. Thanks to several advancements in materials technology and design innovations, you can opt for several alternatives to braces in Portland.

Think, for a second, about the amazing clear ceramic braces. This variation came to us as a result of the innovations required for the space exploration programs led by NASA. They are far less noticeable than stainless steel braces. You should also consider that they are not as durable as their conventional metal counterpart, which only reinforces our point about staying away from some foods.

Lingual braces are also very interesting as they won’t remain bonded to the front of your teeth. Instead, your orthodontist will bond each bracket to the back of your teeth. We call this side the “lingual” surface of your teeth, which is why every appliance that goes there is called “lingual” something. These braces will be perfectly concealed by your teeth and could be faster than conventional metal braces in Portland.

Come Get Your Braces in Portland

Get in touch with our team to analyze what your teeth and jaws require to get straightened as fast as possible. We want you to have the smile of your dreams, and you can trust us to guide you all the way through this process. Set an appointment online here, or give us a call at (503)246-6785.

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Dr. Alix J. Leemin DMD, MS

Dr. Alix J. Leemin DMD, MS

As a nutty overachiever, Dr. Leemin never lost sight of her childhood dreams of becoming a smartypants orthodontist. After graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors, she embarked on her career in dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated #1 in her class. Feeling just a little too ambitious, she then completed 2.5 years of additional training at OHSU to become an orthodontic specialist.

Stanford University – Bachelor of Arts with Honors
Univ. of Pennsylvania – Doctor of Dental Medicine
Oregon Health & Science Univ. – Master of Science
Oregon Health & Science Univ. – Certificate in Orthodontics

Dr. Alix J. Leemin DMD, MS

Dr. Alix J. Leemin DMD, MS

As a nutty overachiever, Dr. Leemin never lost sight of her childhood dreams of becoming a smartypants orthodontist. After graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors, she embarked on her career in dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated #1 in her class. Feeling just a little too ambitious, she then completed 2.5 years of additional training at OHSU to become an orthodontic specialist.

Stanford University – Bachelor of Arts with Honors
Univ. of Pennsylvania – Doctor of Dental Medicine
Oregon Health & Science Univ. – Master of Science
Oregon Health & Science Univ. – Certificate in Orthodontics