So you’ve put in all of your hard work, and it’s finally time to get your braces removed, how exciting! You’ve spent months, and for some even years waiting and waiting for that perfect smile.
Taking off your braces is a thrilling and gratifying achievement, freeing even. But before you decide to go nuts with your new smile, there are a few extra steps you should consider for optimal and lasting results. Maintaining a straight and healthy smile is a lifelong commitment and you don’t want to give up now when you’ve already come so far.
So, in this article, we are going to be going over the initial removal process, what to expect, what to plan for, and proper post orthodontic care. After all, we want your smile to be just as beautiful 10 years from now as it is the day your braces come off. Let’s get started!
There are always a bit of nerves involved when it comes to getting braces removed. Understandably, the thought of someone poking around in your mouth with tools isn’t the most pleasant.
However, the removal process is relatively easy. Your orthodontist will typically start with a set of pliers and gently squeeze a small amount of pressure at the base of your brackets until the break loose from the adhesive. Lastly, your orthodontist will gently remove any remaining adhesive with a dental tool that also polishes the enamel of your teeth at the same time.
That’s it! Simple right?
Typically, the whole removal process only takes about an hour. This would include the overall removal process as well as making your impressions for your retainers.
Does it Hurt to Have Your Braces Removed?
No, getting your braces removed should be reasonably painless, other than experiencing some pressure and sensitivity here and there.
Side effects- The removal process may cause a lot of smiling and excitement, embrace it!
It’s common to experience light inflammation around the gum area and occasional sensitivity after having your braces removed. Usually, the sensitivities subside within a few days as long as you continue to floss and brush properly. It may help to avoid extremely hot or cold foods for the first week.
If, for some reason, you experience lasting sensitivities or discomfort, be sure to consult with your orthodontist.
One of the most important things to remember post braces is to wear your retainer and care for your teeth as instructed by your orthodontist.
You should keep in mind that although your braces are off, your treatment isn’t over. Caring for a straight and healthy smile takes work and even a little patience. Just trust your orthodontist and try to follow a well-planned care regimen.
Now that you’ve officially gone through the battle of teeth straightening, it’s time to enjoy your beautiful smile to the fullest.
If you have any other concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to the Kimbrough Orthodontics team for help!