Getting your braces removed can be a very exciting day for those that wear them. Some days during the treatment process it can feel like that day will never come. When it does, you may have some questions. We are here to answer a few of the most common questions.
During the treatment process, it is important, as you know, to keep up with your oral care. If you want beautiful teeth after treatment, it has a lot to do with how you care for them during treatment. It is not unusual to have some staining and tartar build up on your teeth, which can look even more noticeable once the bracket is removed. Keeping your teeth clean will make the removal process easier as well.
On your removal day, the orthodontist will remove each band and bracket separately. Removal is usually a quicker process than attaching them. Although you may feel some force or have tenderness in some areas that are already sensitive, it is usually a pretty painless event. Usually, patients report a feeling of relief when they are removed.
In some cases, you will hear what sounds like “cracking”. This should not be cause for alarm, this occurs when the brackets are removed and the cement bond is broken. If any cement is left on the teeth, your orthodontist will need to scrape it off, this is usually painless as well. For a few days after removal, you may have a little bit of discomfort and sensitivity. This should be relieved within the first few days, if not, contact your doctor as soon as possible for them to investigate.
The first few days after removal, your mouth will feel different to you. It will take some time to adjust to the way you teeth now feel. Your bite will be different since the realignment and you will have become accustomed to the feel of your braces and will now need to get use to your mouth without them.
We hope we have answered a few of your concerns, if you still have questions or concerns about your braces or their removal, please give us a call at (512) 337-2325.