You’ve been looking forward to getting your braces removed for several months – maybe even a few years. Now, that wonderful day is finally approaching. There is no need to be nervous about your appointment since braces removal is usually a quick and comfortable process. In this blog post, your orthodontist in Palm Harbor discusses what you can expect while your brackets are being removed and how you can start caring for your newly straightened smile.
Removing the Braces
Braces brackets are securely bonded onto teeth. But they are easy to remove thanks to a special tool your orthodontist has. The instrument will be used to find weak points in your braces, then it can utilize those spots to gently pop the brackets out of place. You might feel some pressure on your teeth, but you should not experience any significant pain.
Once the brackets are gone, you might still have some adhesive on your teeth. It will be buffed off, and then you will be able to admire your braces-free smile.
After your braces are off, your orthodontist will examine your teeth just to make sure they are healthy and looking good. They will also take final records to document the conclusion of your braces treatment.
Your dental team will then take some time to coach you on proper braces aftercare. For example, not only will they design your retainer, but they will also give you instructions on how to use it properly, so your teeth do not start to drift back out of place.
After Your Appointment
It is common for patients to experience sore gums for the first 48 hours after getting their braces removed. You might even bleed a little when you brush; do not stop brushing. Good oral hygiene will actually help to decrease inflammation and speed up your mouth’s return to normal.
You could also experience a bit of dental sensitivity when you enjoy hot and cold foods. This is temporary and should subside as your teeth become accustomed to being free of braces.
Wearing Your Retainer
Your retainer is a crucial part of your braces aftercare. Teeth have a “memory,” and they are prone to return to their former positions if they do not have a retainer to keep them in place.
At first, your orthodontist will likely instruct you to wear your retainer for 20-22 hours each day. After a few months, though, you may be able to graduate to wearing it only at night. If your retainer ever starts to feel uncomfortably tight, that is a sign you are not using it enough.
Braces removal is a quick and easy process for most patients. Hopefully, your appointment will go smoothly, and you will soon be showing off your upgraded smile to the world!
About the Author
Dr. Alex Johnson earned his dental doctorate from Washington University and stayed to attain his orthodontic certificate as well. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and has completed continuing education courses at the prestigious Pankey Institute. Whether you are interested in getting a retainer, braces, or another orthodontic service, Dr. Johnson is ready to help. Schedule a consultation on his website or call (727) 786-7550.