Removing your braces
Braces are cemented directly to your tooth surface with a special orthodontic glue. When we take your braces off, we use special tools to remove the wires, bands and brackets that have been attached to your teeth. Getting the wires and brackets off is only part of the equation. After we remove the hardware, we polish your teeth to remove any remaining cement on the surfaces of your teeth. We may also have to use some standard dental tools – like dental picks – to remove any stubborn cement. Taking the brackets off may be a little time-consuming, but it doesn’t really hurt.
After the braces are gone
Once you leave our office, you may notice that your teeth and gums are sensitive. Your gums may feel soft. Your teeth may feel like they’re loose, but not to worry! To move your teeth to their new position, the braces exerted enormous, constant pressure on your teeth, gums and jaws for a long period of time. You became accustomed to the pressure, so your mouth felt pretty normal. Now that the braces (and the pressure they exert) are gone, your teeth and gums “relax.” In a few days, your teeth will be completely settled in their new homes, and the soft, loose feeling will disappear.
One good after-care practice is to schedule a dental cleaning as soon as possible after you have your braces removed. While your braces are in place, plaque and tartar can accumulate on your teeth, despite your best efforts to keep them clean. Your teeth can also demineralize or decalcify in some places, causing a visible change in the appearance of a tooth. Your dentist has a number of options to reduce or eliminate any white spots that appear on your teeth.
Keeping your smile in good shape
After your braces are gone, we will have you use a retainer for indefinite period of time. Use your retainer as instructed to keep your teeth in position. Our Angle Orthodontic team may want to follow up with you after your treatment is done. Typically, in a few months, we will have you return for retainer checks. If you have problems, or something unfortunate happens to your retainer, notify us to see us sooner.
If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth out by the time your doctor removes your braces, pay close attention to the advice of your dentist. Your dentist will monitor the development of your wisdom teeth, and may recommend their removal at some point. Removing your wisdom teeth will help prevent them from changing the new alignment of your teeth as well as your retainer. It will also prevent them from potentially damaging nearby teeth.
At Angle Orthodontics, we strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible during all phases of their orthodontic treatment plans. If you would like to consult with Dr. Angle or Dr. Vo about orthodontic treatment, or what you can expect throughout your active treatment phase, please contact us to set up an appointment at (503) 252-5567.