It's normal to be worried about having your braces removed. In this post, our orthodontists at SmileTown Orthodontics Braces & Invisalign share details about the braces removal process and what you can expect after your braces are taken off.
Lots of our patients eagerly look forward to the day they get to have their braces removed (after having to wear them for approximately 18-24 months) because they get to enjoy the freedoms that come with not having to wear braces anymore. On the other hand, some patients are worried or even become afraid of the unknown. Our orthodontists understand how you may be anxious, which is why they are sharing some key details about the process to help you look forward to your straighter smile without worry.
The Braces Removal Process
To remove your braces, your orthodontist will need to break the bonding adhesive that's holding your brackets and will use specific tools that will help release them. After your braces are removed your teeth will be polished so any residual bonding cement can be cleared away. This is when they take an impression of your teeth, so your retainers can be custom-made. This entire process takes approximately an hour to complete.
Does it Hurt When Your Braces are Removed?
The process for removing braces is similar to when you had them put on. Your orthodontist may need to implement a little force, in order to remove the adhesive. This may result in your teeth and gum feeling a bit sore for the next several hours. Your mouth will be sensitive and could experience a bit of discomfort. Speak to your orthodontist if you do feel pain.
What You Can Expect Once Your Braces are Removed
Just as when you had your braces applied, you will have an adjustment period after they have been removed.
You will be told to avoid foods that require too much chewing. You may find it strange to eat at first, as you get readjusted to the feeling of eating without brackets. Your teeth might also be slightly yellowed, but, you may be able to reverse this with teeth whitening at your dentist's office. However, before you can have your teeth whitened you will have to wait a month or more so you will experience less sensitivity.
Another thing you may notice are calluses on your lips that may have developed in response to the metal braces, which you'll now be able to feel, although they will gradually dissipate. Brushing your teeth will also be a lot easier now that your braces are off, and you will no longer have to use any special tools or brushes.
After having your braces removed you will have to wear a retainer so your adjustments can be preserved. You might have to wear your retainer for several years or indefinitely. Your orthodontist will be able to tell you what your specific requirements are.