Traditional dental braces are cemented on teeth to allow the wires your orthodontist runs through them to slowly shift your teeth to their correct placement.
Chances are you have been wearing these braces for one to three years – maybe even longer (depending on the severity of your malocclusion). The metal bands and brackets are firmly in place so removing them is going to take some tugging. Bring your patience as this might take a little while.
While your orthodontist is faced with removing the metal, the cement that held them in place might not come off with the braces. But while you might feel a little pressure, this process isn’t going to hurt. The only exception to this rule is if you have experienced gum erosion or a break in dental enamel where the nerve is exposed. At the first unpleasant sensation, speak up so extra care can be taken to resolve the situation.
Once you have been relieved of your dental braces, what will you do first? Most people want to look in a mirror to reveal their newly straightened teeth without the metal barrier. You will receive a retainer advising that if you fail to wear it as prescribed, you may be faced with your teeth shifting back to where you started.
Wearing your retainer is a critical part of your orthodontic treatment plan. Your teeth require time to form a memory of their new placement. You may be asked to wear your retainer 24/7 for many months and during the night for many months after.
When your braces are removed you might feel a little strange as it may feel like your mouth is a little smaller. The bulk is gone and you are left with teeth that likely will feel different … just like you had to adjust to your teeth with braces, the reverse might feel the same. But this only lasts for a day or two.
You will revel in the joy of being able to eat all the foods you had to abstain from while wearing braces … you can bite into a big juicy apple, munch on nuts, chips, and all your crunchy favorites, and you can chew gum (just make sure it’s sugar free).
Enjoy your new smile makeover; wear your retainer as directed to make it last.
For more information, contact our office at Bunn Orthodontic Group today!