Getting Your Braces Removed: What to Expect and Helpful Tips

Reaching the end of orthodontic treatment and getting your braces removed is an exciting and significant time in one’s life. However, some questions and concerns can arise as the date of removal approaches. We’re here to ease all your concerns and provide insight into the process and aftercare best practices. 


How are Braces Removed?

The process of removing braces takes roughly an hour from start to finish. The orthodontist will use a special tool to carefully loosen the hard adhesive and remove the brackets. Once the brackets are removed, they will polish the surface of your teeth to remove the remaining adhesive. This step is crucial to ensure your teeth look and feel smooth after removing your braces.


Aftercare Tips

Be prepared for swollen or puffy gums

After your braces are removed, it is normal to experience some swelling and sensitivity in your gums. Try to avoid hard and crunchy foods for a day or two until the swelling goes down. Lightly massaging the gums with a toothbrush can help get things back into shape. Gargling with warm salt water for 60 seconds at a time can also help to reduce gum swelling.


Visit your dentist for a cleaning and exam

Now that the brackets are removed from your teeth, it’s the perfect time for your dentist to give them a thorough cleaning. The longer you’ve been in treatment, the higher the chance that tartar and staining have settled on your teeth. Therefore, it’s a good idea to get it removed with a cleaning after finishing treatment.


Wear your retainer

It is crucial to wear your retainer as directed by your orthodontist to prevent teeth from shifting after your braces are removed. By wearing your retainer as advised, you can reduce the possibility of needing further treatment down the road. You’ve invested significant time and money to perfect your smile, so it’s important to maintain it! 


Remember to SMILE!

Don’t be afraid to show off those pearly whites! You’ve spent months or even years with braces, and now it’s time to show off that beautiful smile!

Fravel Brewer Orthodontics has been helping patients achieve beautiful smiles as the preferred orthodontist in Winter Garden, Ocoee, and West Orange County, Florida for almost 30 years. Treatment options for kids and adults include Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, ceramic braces, and silver braces. Call us at (407) 656-0001 to schedule a free consultation today!