Are you on the path to a straighter, healthier smile? Every patient has a different timeline, but typically it takes up to 12 months to refine. That’s 12 months of perfecting tricks, hacks, and all the tips in between. Here’s a list of our best hacks from both patients and professionals!

  1. Water picks are lifesavers. Dentists recommend pics over dental floss for every patient, but especially when you have braces.
  2. Download a mirror app. Food can get stuck in both your teeth and braces. But having a mirror always on hand — or on your phone — makes it easy for you to check for left-behind crumbs.
  3. Fix wires with a tweezer. Wires can slip out of place very easily. Instead of heading to your orthodontist, slide the wire back into place with a tweezer.
  4. Consume non-staining foods and drinks. Even healthy foods like berries can stain your teeth, and the seeds can get stuck in your brackets. Steer clear of stain-causing, acidic foods for more confidence while you’re at work or out with friends.
  5. Have warm water and salt ready. If your mouth is every sore, rinse with 2 tablespoons of warm, salt water.

Up to 12 months with braces can seem like a lifetime for both teens and adults. However, keep in mind that this orthodontic treatment is often the best way to fine-tune your smile!