Know what to expect when you are ready to have your braces removed.

If you have been through orthodontic treatment and it’s almost time to have your braces removed, it’s natural to feel excited about the prospect of your new, straight smile. It’s also completely normal to have some questions about what to expect once you no longer have braces — read on to discover some of the questions that are worth raising with your orthodontist before your treatment is complete…

How long does it take to have your braces removed?

When your orthodontist decides that it’s time to remove your braces, you can expect the process itself to be fairly quick. In fact, it usually only takes around an hour or so to have your braces removed. During the process, your orthodontist will dissolve the glue so that the brackets can be taken off your teeth. Once the brackets have been removed, any remaining bonding glue will then be cleaned off the surface of your teeth. This procedure should not cause any considerable pain or discomfort, although you might feel some slight pressure while your orthodontist works.

How can you prepare for the appointment?

It is a good idea to brush and floss your teeth before you attend your appointment and have your braces removed. It will make the removal process easier. If you are concerned about the sensation of having your braces taken off, be sure to raise this with your orthodontist. They may recommend that you take an over-the-counter pain reliever if you are particularly sensitive to dental work, although most patients don’t report considerable pain.

Will my teeth be damaged in any way?

In some cases, it is possible to notice discolouration on the surface of the teeth when wearing braces. It can occur when plaque is left to accumulate on the teeth. For this reason, it is very important that you practise proper oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment. If you notice some discolouration, your orthodontist may recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned to get rid of plaque build-up and surface stains.

Is a retainer necessary?

After your braces have been removed, your orthodontist will likely recommend that you wear a retainer. Even after orthodontic treatment, the teeth can shift over time, so a retainer can go a long way towards maintaining the results your braces have achieved. The type of retainer you need and the length of time for which you should wear it will depend on your particular needs. Your orthodontist will explain the best course of action for you.

How do you take care of your teeth after braces?

When your orthodontic treatment is complete, you can expect to enjoy a healthier, straighter, and more beautiful smile. In order to maintain the condition of your teeth, you must establish a healthy oral hygiene routine. It should include brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. It is also advisable to see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans to keep issues like gum disease and tooth decay at bay. If your orthodontist has recommended any follow-up appointments, be sure to stick to these so that you can enjoy optimal results in the long term.

How can we help?

At Straight Orthodontics, we provide personalised care for each of our patients and will guide you through your treatment through every stage. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to raise them with our knowledgeable team.

We offer a comprehensive range of treatments, including braces, clear aligners, and early treatment. To find out more about the services we provide, please have a look here.   To book an appointment, please contact us here or give us a call at 03 9585 8000.