After months or even years of wearing braces, it’s easy to get excited about the day when you finally get them taken off. However, some worry about the actual process of having the braces removed, as well as what happens after your braces are gone. The procedure to get your braces removed shouldn’t be a source of anxiety, but rather one of anticipation. Soon, you’ll be seeing your new and improved smile, braces-free. But we understand that knowing what’s going to happen can help to ease any worries, so here’s what to expect from your braces removal appointment.
Your orthodontist will use a set of sanitary orthodontic pliers to gently squeeze the bases of the brackets of your braces. When this happens, the bonding adhesive is gently broken and releases, allowing the removal of the brackets. Once all of the brackets are detached, the bonding cement is carefully removed with a dental tool that will also polish the enamel of your tooth. Your orthodontist will probably wait until all the brackets are taken off for this step, as the cement also prevents any damage to the enamel of your teeth during the removal of the brackets.
As long as you’ve taken good care of your teeth, brushing and flossing diligently throughout your orthodontic treatment, your teeth should actually come out of the removal appointment looking quite white and shiny, especially because the tool used to remove the bonding plastic also tends to polish tooth enamel.
In some cases, however, there may be a noticeable difference in the color of the tooth where the bracket and bonding adhesive were versus the rest of the tooth. If this is the case, you may want to consider whitening services provided by a dentist. It’s best to wait until after your braces are removed before whitening your teeth, as the whitening compounds can potentially damage orthodontic appliances, and it’s a good idea to wait at least a month after getting your braces off to avoid sensitivity issues.
You should also know that your gums may be a bit inflamed after getting your braces off, but this should go away within a few days as long as you properly brush and floss. The inflammation is normal and typically comes from the process of removing the bonding plastic from the tooth enamel. If the inflammation or irritation lasts more than a couple of days, you should contact your orthodontist or dentist.
Yes, in fact. Your orthodontist will also take a new impression of your teeth and palate (the roof of your mouth). This impression will be used to create and mold a new retainer that will fit snugly in your mouth. Typically, you will get a removable retainer that you can take out whenever you eat, but you should wear it the rest of the time, per your orthodontist’s recommendations. For more information on this, read our article on the importance of wearing a retainer after braces.
It should only take about an hour for the whole braces removal process and impression-making procedure, unless your orthodontist creates your retainer while you wait, which a few (but not many) orthodontists will do.
It shouldn’t hurt at all. You might feel some pressure as the brackets are removed, but the process, overall, should be painless.
Once your braces come off, it’s time to enjoy that new smile. However, it’s important to also remember that, just because the braces are gone, your orthodontic treatment is not over. You still have to wear your retainer and take care of your teeth as your orthodontist instructs, and you should continue visiting your general dentist at least twice a year. For more information about how to take care of your teeth after orthodontics, check out our article on dental care after your braces are removed.
If you need to get your braces removed, an orthodontic adjustment, or if you are just starting on your journey to a better smile and need a free initial consultation, contact us at 770-222-2322 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. At BB Braces Braces, we want to help you get the straight smile you’ve been dreaming of!