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What to Expect from Braces Removal

May 2, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — glenpoolbraces @ 7:58 pm
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After wearing braces for over a year, it’s finally time to have them removed. You’re excited to see your new smile, but you might also feel a bit nervous. Having had braces for so long, you might be wondering what the removal process will be like and what to expect afterward. Life after braces means enjoying the freedom of eating all the foods you love and showing off your straight teeth, but it’s important to follow your dentist’s advice to keep your smile looking great. Keep reading to learn more about the removal process.

Having Your Braces Removed

Traditional metal braces, though securely attached to your teeth, can be removed easily by a dental professional. The process starts with your orthodontist removing the wires. Next, they use a special tool to gently loosen and remove the brackets from your teeth.

After the brackets and wires are off, your dentist will buff your teeth to eliminate any remaining adhesive. While you might experience some odd sensations and pressure during this procedure, it shouldn’t be painful or uncomfortable. Typically, the entire braces removal process takes about an hour.

Adjusting to Life Without Your Braces

After your braces are taken off, you’ll need some time to get used to not having them on your teeth anymore. Here are a few things you might experience during this adjustment period:

  • Slightly sensitive teeth –Shortly after getting your braces off, you might find that your teeth are more sensitive than usual. To help ease the sensitivity, stick to soft foods similar to what you ate while wearing braces. This includes options like mashed potatoes, yogurt, soups, grains, seafood, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and soft fruits.
  • Somewhat swollen gums – In the initial days post-braces removal, slight gum swelling or bleeding may occur, which is typical and usually resolves without intervention.
  • Uneven tooth color –As the areas where the brackets were attached haven’t been brushed for some time, it can result in uneven tooth color. Luckily, professional whitening treatments can effectively address any discoloration, restoring an even tone to your teeth.

The Final Step of Your Orthodontic Treatment

Even after your braces are removed, your smile journey continues with the next step: wearing a retainer. This is crucial for maintaining the proper alignment of your teeth. Initially, your orthodontist may instruct you to wear your retainer all the time, but over time, they may suggest wearing it only 3-5 nights per week.

As you transition from braces to a retainer, remember that consistency is key to maintaining your beautiful smile. Follow your orthodontist’s instructions diligently to ensure your teeth stay in their correct position. With proper care and regular wear of your retainer, you’ll continue to enjoy the results of your orthodontic treatment for years to come.

About the Practice

Glenpool Braces provides outstanding care to patients of all ages in Glenpool. With both a skilled dentist and orthodontist on staff, you can receive comprehensive treatments conveniently in one location. Whether you’re considering traditional braces or need them removed, their team is ready to guide you through the process and address any concerns you may have. Your journey to a new and improved smile begins here! To learn more about the braces removal process or to schedule an appointment with Glenpool Braces, simply give their office a call at (918) 201-1414 or visit their website.

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