Braces Removal 101

Removing braces is a relatively easy process that takes approximately one hour.

When your orthodontist examines your teeth, they will advise on the best time to have the braces removed, provided your teeth will not move unexpectedly. To control the movement of teeth during treatment, a bond is usually formed between the braces and the teeth. Although the bond is a bit strong, it allows for easy removal of the braces when the treatment is complete.

By squeezing the base of the bracket, the bond becomes weaker and allows for the removal of the bracket.

Your orthodontist must remove the adhesive that is left on the tooth surface after removal.  The process of removing braces and the adhesive will not hurt. You can only expect that your teeth will be sensitive to pressure. However, you will experience some discomfort when the bracket is squeezed.

Removing the adhesive on the teeth involves the use of a dental handpiece, similar to the one used during cavity repair.

However, unlike when repairing a cavity, this process has very little discomfort since it does not involve the removal of any tooth structure. Only the adhesive is removed, with the enamel of your teeth remaining in its normal condition.

Once the braces have been removed, the appearance of your teeth will depend on how well you cared for them during the treatment period.

While your teeth may feel slimy at this point, this feeling will go away after a period of brushing and flossing. Your orthodontist may also recommend retainers to prevent your teeth from moving out of place.

To care for your teeth properly, you should avoid bleaching or whitening for at least one month, avoid chewing forbidden foods and schedule dental cleaning.

If you would like to learn more about this treatment method as well as braces removal, kindly contact us. Our experienced staff will be happy to assist you!

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