My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
If you have braces and it's about time to have them removed, you may be a bit worried about the process. You have more than likely become so used to having your braces on that it is difficult to imagine not having them on anymore. The process for removing them isn't very complicated, but it does have to be done by your orthodontist. Read the information below to understand what is going to happen when you go to your appointment for the removal process:
How are the braces removed?
When the orthodontist goes to remove our braces they will need to be careful not to break them. The base of the bracket will be squeezed lightly, just enough to cause the bond to release so the bracket can be removed. This may be done with a pair of pliers. When the bracket separates there will be adhesive left behind on your teeth.
The orthodontist will remove the adhesive from your teeth once the bracket is off. This process can be done with a scraper tool or with a dental hand-piece on either a slow or high-speed rotation. No matter which method the orthodontist chooses to use to remove the glue, the process will be pain-free. You should feel some comfort in knowing only the adhesive will be removed, your enamel will not be affected.
Once the orthodontist has completed the steps detailed above, they will make a mold for your new retainer. The mold is made by putting an impression tray in your mouth that you will firmly but gently bite down on. The mold is used to make a retainer that fits your mouth perfectly.
What will your teeth feel like once the braces are off?
Your teeth will feel strange once the braces have been taken off. You may find that your teeth have a slimy feel to them. You have become accustomed to having the braces on your teeth which makes them feel rough. Once the rough braces are off, you will notice the extreme smoothness of your teeth which will come off as that "slimy" feeling for a while. Your gums may also be a bit inflamed, but this should go away in a few days.
What will your teeth look like?
How your teeth look when the braces are removed will depend on how well you cared for them while wearing the braces. They can look great or they can have a good amount of yellow tarter on them.
Now that you know what to expect when you go in to have your braces taken off, you will feel ready and less anxious about the appointment. Ask a local orthodontist, like Cazes Family Dentistry LLC, if you have further concerns.