You’ve been counting down the days until you finally get your braces removed. You arrive to your orthodontist’s office and wait for the good news that the end is finally in sight; however, that’s not the news you end up receiving. Your orthodontist tells you you’re going to need a bit longer on your treatment plan and you immediately wonder why. Here are five possible reasons your braces are still on.
1. Your Unique Treatment Plan
Your orthodontist has adapted a treatment plan specifically for your unique situation. Since we’re all different with different orthodontic issues, what works for one patient may not work for you. Some patients may not need braces for as long because they may have a different issue that is treated more quickly. Once your orthodontist evaluates you, a treatment plan will be designed to achieve the best results for you.
2. How Your Teeth React
You can’t control how your teeth react to treatment. Some patients see results sooner than others. This has to do with your body’s biological makeup and how complex your orthodontic issues are, making this something entirely based on your body and its response to your treatment plan. If your orthodontist is not seeing the results expected, they may tweak your treatment plan accordingly.
3. Not Following the Rules
Now, this is one you can control. Skipping appointments or not wearing your appliances properly can greatly affect the outcome of your treatment. Since braces work by gradually guiding the teethinto their desired positions through continuous pressure, skipping appointments can slow your progress. Be sure to listen to your orthodontist and follow the rules.
4. Oral Hygiene Issues
Another factor that you have complete control over is your oral hygiene. Oral hygiene is important all of the time, and with braces, it can vastly affect how your treatment progresses. Improper oral hygienecan cause a wide array of issues, so be sure to brush your teethat least twice each day (and after meals if possible) and floss regularly.
5. Not Being Careful
It is always recommended that if you play sports, a mouthguard be worn so damage to your braces or other injuries don’t occur. Broken brackets, wires, or appliances play a big part in delays. Or even worse, injuries to your teeth can set you back in your treatment plan, so be sure to protect your teeth, especially if you’re involved in contact sports.
Keys to Success
You can’t control all of the factors associated with how long your braces will be on, but you can control some. Keep these helpful tips in mind to keep your treatment plan moving along smoothly:
- Maintain your scheduled orthodontist appointments
- Be on time to all appointments adjustments to your braces can be properly made
- Follow your orthodontist’s instructions on protecting your braces and avoiding certain foods that can damage them
- Take proper care of your teeth
By following these simple tips, you’ll be on your way to achieving that perfect smile. Believe in your orthodontist and their treatment plan for you, stick to the rules, and you’ll be hearing the good news in no time.
For more information, or to schedule a free initial exam, please call our office at (843) 4-BRACES.