Braces Off

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Here’s what to expect and what to do after getting your braces off.

No matter how long you have had them on, the day you get your braces off is definitely a day to celebrate! If your braces will be coming off soon, you probably have quite a few questions regarding the removal of your braces and what to do once they’re off.

Here is what to expect and what to do after having your braces removed.

What to Expect:

Removing your braces will take about an hour. The process includes gently removing each bracket with pliers and then removing the bonding material by using a polishing tool.

Your teeth will feel slimy at first because you’re used to having your braces on your teeth, however, you will adjust to your smooth teeth quickly.

Next, you will have x-rays taken of your teeth for dental records then you will have impressions of your teeth taken for your retainer(s). Because your teeth have grown accustomed to braces, your teeth may be sensitive at first but will eventually adjust.

What to Do Now that the Braces Are Gone:

  1. First and foremost, always remember to wear your retainer as instructed by your orthodontist. Retainers prevent your teeth from moving to their original positions, which is the last thing you want them to do!
  2. While you can now eat whatever you want, keep in mind that your teeth are sensitive, so be careful when choosing what you eat for the first week or so.
  3. Make sure you are still taking care of your teeth by eating healthy, brushing at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and going for regular dental check-ups.
  4. Getting your braces off is an exciting time, but to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and straight, make sure to continue practicing good oral health and wearing your retainer(s).

If you have any other questions or concerns about getting your braces off, contact Rollins and Petersen Orthodontics today.