What Steps Follow After Getting Braces Removed?

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You've finally reached the big day when your orthodontist is taking off your braces. After dealing with mouth sores, food stuck in your wires, and months of appointments, you're ready to flaunt your new smile. Now you're wondering what comes next. Getting your braces removed is exciting, but it's not the end of treatment. Here's what to expect after your braces come off.

Initial Appointment For Removal

At your initial braces removal appointment, your orthodontist will use a special tool to remove the brackets and wires. This doesn't hurt, but you may feel some pressure. Removing the glue will also be a little uncomfortable. The process typically takes half an hour to 45 minutes. Getting your braces taken off is much quicker and easier than getting them put on. When your braces are off, your teeth may feel slimy and smooth. Your orthodontist will have you rinse your mouth, so you can see your brand-new smile for the first time

Post-Removal Care

You'll need to take good care of your teeth during the transition period after removing your braces. Your orthodontist will advise you to wear a retainer indefinitely. This maintains your straightened teeth, so they don't shift back. Retainers are custom-made by your orthodontist. You may need to wear a retainer full-time for the first few months, then transition to only wearing them when you're sleeping. Be diligent about wearing your retainer as prescribed, or else your teeth could move, and your orthodontic work could relapse. Your orthodontist may also recommend that you avoid hard, sticky, crunchy, and chewy foods at first. This gives your teeth time to settle into proper alignment without being disturbed.

Follow-Up Appointments

After orthodontic treatment, you'll still need occasional checkups. Follow your orthodontist's recommendations for how often you need follow-up appointments. Typically, you'll visit the orthodontist periodically over the first year after debonding. At these appointments, your orthodontic doctor examines for proper tooth positioning. They may take X-rays or molds too. If your teeth begin to shift, your orthodontist may need to make minor adjustments.

Getting your braces removed is an exciting milestone. Enjoy showing off your new smile! With a little effort to care for your teeth and some follow-up check-ins, you'll be able to keep your teeth healthy, properly aligned, and looking amazing. According to New Mouth, it's estimated that 15% to 53% of people will need orthodontic treatment during their life. If you need orthodontic care, schedule a consultation with us today.