If you're concerned about getting your braces off, our Etobicoke dentists explain the process, what to expect after they're removed, and how to care for your straighter smile.
After wearing braces for an average of 18-24 months, most people are elated at the thought of having them removed and enjoying some of the freedoms that come with having no braces. For some people, however, there is concern and maybe even fear of the unknown. Our orthodontists understand your anxiety and want to share some information on the process so you can look forward to your new, bright smile without worry.
How are my Braces Going to be Removed?
In order to remove your braces, the bonding adhesive holding your brackets will need to be broken. Your orthodontist will use specific tools to release the brackets. Afterwards, your teeth will be polished to remove any residual bonding cement. At this point, an impression of your teeth will be taken for your retainers. The entire process will take roughly one hour to complete.
Does Getting Braces Off Hurt?
The process of removing your braces can be somewhat similar to having them put on. Your orthodontist may need to use a little force to remove the adhesive. This can make your teeth and gums a bit sore for a few hours but there shouldn't be pain in this process. Your mouth will be sensitive and you might have some discomfort, but if there is pain, speak with your orthodontist.
What to Expect After they are Removed
Much like when your braces were first put on, there will be an adjustment period after having them removed as well.
You will be instructed to refrain from eating anything that would require too much chewing. You might find that eating will seem strange initially as you re-learn the feeling of eating without brackets. Your teeth may also have slightly yellowed, but this is reversible with teeth whitening, just allow a month or more before treatment to reduce 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, but they will gradually dissipate. Brushing your teeth will also be much simpler with your braces removed, you'll no longer need any special brushes or tools.
You will need to wear a retainer after they are removed in order to preserve the adjustments. Your retainer may be necessary for several years or indefinitely, speak to your orthodontist to see what is recommended for you.