Is there anything I can do to get my braces off earlier?

We know that our patients are eager to see their awesome braces-free smiles as soon as possible.

We’re right there with them.

But there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to teenagers and orthodontic care — from harmful DIY videos online instructing kids on at-home “treatments” to community boards where patients share the dangerous “tricks” they used to make their treatments go faster. (For the record, adding extra rubber bands will not shorten your treatment and, in fact, could cause problems that might require you to wear your braces longer than you would have had you not “experimented.”)

The average length of orthodontic treatment is 22 months, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, but treatments can range between 12 and 36 months depending on the patient.

The answer to the question we hear all the time — “Is there anything I can do to get these off earlier?” — is “not really, no.”

We understand the disappointment.

Maybe you have a special event coming up, a wedding or a dance, and you were hoping for a reprieve, but bone takes time to heal. In other words, if your braces come off too early then your teeth could go back to how they were.

We do have some news that might make you feel better, though: At Bluffton Orthodontics we closely monitor our patients’ progress so that the second your smile is ready, we’ll know.

Bottom line, though? The best thing you can do to keep things on track is to follow your orthodontist’s instructions.

Oh, and wear your retainer after the braces finally do come off.

If you have any questions about your treatment, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor or call our office at 843-815-2521.

Celebrities who proved ‘adult braces’ are cool

In 2013, country musician Faith Hill made headlines when she arrived at the Grammy Awards wearing something that few other celebrities have in public: braces.

The then-45-year-old admitted to reporters that she needed the braces — she chose the clear-bracket variety, by the way — because she had forgotten to wear her retainer as a kid.

“Wear your retainers, kids!” she told a radio station at the time.

Did the braces make her look less lovely? Not one bit. She looked gorgeous.

More than that, the singer-songwriter showed fans that “adult braces” won’t put a crimp in your lifestyle. If a star can walk the red carpet wearing them while the cameras flash from all angles, then there’s no place you can’t go while wearing yours.

Hill isn’t the only celebrity who wore braces as an adult. Tom Cruise had them too.
Back in 2002, the actor, who was 40 at the time, had clear braces put on to give his smile a boost.

And he apparently inspired actress Faye Dunaway to do the same.

Dunaway had braces put on when she was 61 and told reporters “Tom Cruise has them … so I’m in style.”

For Dunaway, the braces helped get her teeth ready for veneers, which further improved her smile.

“American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino is another celebrity who was photographed wearing adult braces.

Fantasia wore braces for about a year in 2008 to straighten her teeth. After that, she could be seen setting a good example by wearing her retainer from time to time. She didn’t want to undo all that work she put into her smile!

If you’re over the age of 18 and considering braces, you should start with a consultation, which we offer for free at Bluffton Orthodontics.

At the consultation we will assess your needs and talk about options, which include traditional braces, gold braces or the more discreet clear brackets or clear aligners.
To schedule your consultation, call us at 843-815-2521.