If you’re about to get your braces off, you’re probably thrilled to begin the next chapter in your life! Our dentists know that our patients often have questions about what to expect once all those brackets and wires are removed to reveal their perfect smile. Today, we want to talk about life after braces and the best way to care for your brand new smile.
The Big Day
Once we are satisfied with the progress of your teeth, we’ll schedule a time to remove your braces. Removing braces is usually much quicker than putting them on, but it does take some time to take off each individual bracket and wire. Most of our patients do not experience any pain during the removal process, so don’t stress about that.
How You’ll Feel After
Right away, you’ll notice that your teeth feel incredibly smooth – as they should without all those brackets! Depending on what issues your braces were treating, your mouth will likely feel different until you get used to the new alignment, spacing, and bite. But how exciting that you’ll be able to bite into apples, chew sugar-free gum, and eat corn on the cob now! Just know that some sensitivity is completely normal during the first few days. If you experience any pain or persistent sensitivity beyond that time frame, you should let our office know right away.
How to Care for Your New Smile
Once you get your braces off, be sure to continue caring for your smile to keep it healthy and looking bright. You should be just as vigilant about cleaning your teeth as you were when you had braces! Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, floss every day, brush your tongue daily, and rinse with an anti-plaque mouthwash. Often, we determine that the best option for our patients to maintain the alignment of their smile is to wear a retainer. Follow our prescribed instructions to get the most benefit of your retainer and to keep it squeaky-clean.
Visit Us Every 6 Months!
It’s also critical to visit our office every six months for cleanings and exams. To ask our well-qualified team any additional questions about life after braces or for more information about our orthodontic services, contact us today.