January 2, 2021
The day that you’ve been waiting for for so long is finally here! Having braces wasn’t your favorite time in your life, but you know that it has all been worth it because you are about to be reaping the benefits of a perfectly aligned smile. But how is the day of your braces removal going to go? What will happen once you get to the orthodontist? Continue reading to learn more about the process and what comes afterwards.
How Will My Braces Be Removed?
As you probably guessed, braces do not come off super easily. If that were the case, they would have a tough time withstanding your regular biting and chewing when you eat. That’s why your orthodontist must use a special instrument that is specifically designed for removing braces. This is help them to gently pop off each bracket from its assigned tooth. This makes the removal quick and painless, so you won’t need to worry about being uncomfortable during the process. If anything, you will feel slight pressure as the brackets are being removed. Once both the brackets and wires are removed, your orthodontist will buff away any remaining adhesive from your teeth so that you can be left with a smooth finish.
What Happens After the Braces Are Removed?
After your braces come off for good, your orthodontist will take some time to take final records and x-rays, polish the teeth, and get you all set up for your retainer. Some patients may experience slightly swollen gums and slight bleeding when brushing. Regular brushing and flossing will help this to go away. Tooth sensitivity may also happen as your teeth are adjusting to be braces-free!
What Is Post-Treatment Like?
When your braces have been removed, your orthodontist will fit you for your retainers, which you will be instructed to wear. This will help to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original locations. In the beginning, your teeth are most likely to begin moving, so be sure to follow the instructions of your orthodontist to prevent this from occurring. You don’t want your treatment to all be for nothing!
After your smile journey, you have finally made it! While there will be an adjustment period at first, you’ll be able to experience all of the benefits of having aligned teeth. Be sure to follow the instructions of your orthodontist and show off your smile with pride!
About the Author
Dr. Susan Podray-Donovan earned her dental doctorate from Temple University before obtaining her Orthodontic Certification with a Master’s in Biomedical Science from the same school. Currently, she is involved in the Georgia Society of Orthodontics and serves as the Vice President of the GAO. She is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and Southern Association of Orthodontics. For more information or to schedule an appointment at her office in Cumming, GA, visit her website or call (678) 879-3006.
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