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How Long Does It Take to Get Your Braces Removed?

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How Long Does It Take to Get Your Braces Removed?

Getting your braces removed after months or years of wearing them can be a time to look forward to in great anticipation. However, most people who wear braces worry about the actual process of having the braces removed and what happens after the braces are gone.

During regular checkups, teeth are reviewed clinically to determine if they are evenly aligned, are appropriately overlapping and if the outer cusps of the upper teeth correspond with those of the lower teeth. It is only after this confirmation that patients are eligible to undergo braces removal. The dentist will give a notice usually a month before they schedule for a removal appointment.

Knowledge of the procedure will help determine the length of time it takes to remove the braces.  Here at Vita Dental Spring, we would like to help you understand what will happen during your braces removal appointment.

What is the Procedure for Removing Braces at Vita Dental Spring?

First, your orthodontist will use a set of sanitary orthodontic pliers to squash the bases of the brace brackets very gently.

By squeezing the bases, the bonding adhesive is gently broken and released thereby allowing the removal of the brackets. Often the bracket will come off in one piece, although some ceramic brackets are designed to fall apart as they are taken off.

Once all of the brackets have been separated, there will be some leftover residue of the cement or glue on your teeth. The dentist will then carefully scrape off the bonding cement using a dental tool that will also polish the enamel of your tooth. The process of scraping on each of the 28 teeth often consumes a lot of time. Typically, the adhesive removal takes approximately forty minutes depending on how much glue you have on your teeth.

Afterward, he/she will need to take a digital scan or a new impression of your teeth and the roof of your mouth (palate).  The dental imprints will help create and mold a new retainer that will fit comfortably in your mouth.  The retainer is removable when eating; otherwise, you should wear it all times or as per your dentist’s recommendations.

Lastly, if there is still time left, photos and radiographs (x-rays) are taken to evaluate the final positions of the teeth and the bite. Your Vita Dental Spring dentist will also spend a few minutes with you at the end of the appointment to go over the instructions on how to wear the retainers, caring for them and will also discuss expectations for the coming years.

What Happens Next?

It is essential to understand that you will have to keep returning to the dentist for a follow-up visit after your braces have been removed. The check-up is to make sure the retainers are intact, are staying in shape, and your smile is looking great.

You should continue caring for your teeth afterward by sticking to your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. Wait for at least a month before doing any bleaching or whitening treatment because the teeth and gums may still be sensitive.

Are There Risks Involved?

Orthodontic work can be painful and awkward for anyone.  Others find it problematic and cannot tolerate the discomfort, and they are tempted to remove them on their own. Taking matters into your own hands can lead to chipping and shifting of teeth, development of cavities and even loss of teeth!

Also, it can lead to a waste of time and money. That is why there is an option of getting Invisalign, which is also available at Vita Dental Spring. Invisalign is a type of clear aligner that is specially fitted to straighten teeth. They are unnoticeable in normal settings and can be removed by the wearer without any damage.

Following the dentist’s instructions in caring for your braces will determine how long you will have them on before they are due for removal. Observing proper oral hygiene will help your teeth align faster, which means that you can have your braces removed earier.

Get your braces removed as soon as your dentist advises you to.  Any delays in the removal of braces can result in root resorption. Root resorption occurs when teeth gradually lose the dentin and cementum which leads to instability and possible tooth loss.

Also, the plaque that’s accumulating around the teeth, especially in the hard to reach areas can lead to decalcification, decay, and gum disease. 

If you need an orthodontic adjustment, want to get your braces removed, or if you are ready to start on your journey to a better smile and require an initial consultation, visit any of our facilities or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment. At Vita Dental Spring we want to help you get the straight smile of your dreams.

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