What happens when my braces get taken off?

Having their braces removed is a memory that people with braces don’t often forget. After months, if not years of treatment, nothing is more gratifying than having new york orthodontist remove them.

It’s a bit of a misnomer to say that braces are pulled off. After all, they’re been attached with some incredibly strong cement – pulling them off would simply result in your teeth being pulled along for the ride. What your orthodontist will do is clip the curve on the back of your braces with a special cutter.

The plastic bonding material on each bracket is then broken up and the brackets come off with the wire. Once all the brackets are removed, your orthodontist will remove the remants of the cement from your teeth and clean and polish your teeth. Your teeth will then be good as new!

What can I expect after my braces come off?

Straight teeth, a correct bite and a great smile all come to mind. There is one minor thing you have to remember though and that’s retainers. Retainers are used after your braces come off ensure that your teeth stay in place. This is especially important in the first year when your teeth first settle so you’ll have to remember to wear your retainer at all times. After that initial first year, you can wear your retainer at only at night (or not at all depending on what your orthodontist says).

There are three basic types of retainers:

  • Hawley retainers are plastic retainers that are molded to your mouth and held in place with a wire. Unfortunately, the wire does cross the front of your teeth so you might have to make do for a little bit longer.
  • Essix retainers are made of clear plastic and look a little like tooth whitening trays. These can feel odd as your teeth won’t touch due to the plastic.
  • Permanent retainers are attached to the back of your teeth and can’t be seen. Like braces, it’s a pain to floss.

Your orthodontist will go over the best retainers for you. Remember to follow their instructions to a T. If you don’t, your teeth may shift back to their old positions which means more treatment.

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