After months or even years of having braces, you eventually get to have them removed. If your orthodontist has told you that it’s time for your last appointment, you may be wondering what is going to happen. Here’s what to expect during your last visit to the orthodontist office.
Before removing the braces, your orthodontist will do a final exam. If everything looks right, they will move forward with the rest of the steps. However, if your teeth need more adjusting, the orthodontist will recommend that you keep the braces on for a bit longer, and return the orthodontist office later.
When you have your braces removed at the orthodontist office, the orthodontist uses a special instrument to remove all the brackets. During this process, you may feel some slight pressure on your teeth, but it shouldn’t be painful. Then, the orthodontist gently scrapes the teeth to remove any lingering glue.
Getting a Retainer
Generally, after your braces get removed, you have to get a retainer. During your last appointment at the orthodontist office, you will get fitted for the retainer. Generally, the orthodontist takes a mold of your mouth, but some orthodontists may use imaging instead of molds. Here at FUNtastic Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics, we have an iTero Element scanning system that is the latest in precision and reliability, giving you an accurate fit for retainer wear without the messy and uncomfortable molds.
The retainer “retains” the position of your teeth. In some cases, you may have to wear it only at night, but in other cases, your orthodontist may recommend that you wear the retainer all day and night. If you want your teeth to stay in the position created by your orthodontic treatment, it’s critical to follow these recommendations.
Once you get the retainer, it may take some getting used to. Just as you had to get used to how your braces felt, there may be an adjustment period with your retainer as well. Since your retainer is removable, you need to ensure not to lose it. For example, if you take it out to eat, place it somewhere that you won’t forget about it and accidentally throw it away.
How It Feels
When you leave the orthodontist office, you may notice that your mouth feels a lot different. You are used to feeling braces on your teeth, but now, your teeth feel silky smooth. Many patients report that they can’t stop running their tongue over their teeth because their teeth feel so smooth and different. That’s completely normal.
Once your braces are gone, you no longer have to worry about sticky foods getting caught in your braces. Some patients want to run right out and eat all the foods they couldn’t eat while they had braces. While that is possible, you should still exercise caution. Remember to brush and rinse on a regular basis, especially after eating sugary and sticky foods.
We hope these tips help you prepare for your last visit to the orthodontist office. At FUNtastic Pediatric Dental, we provide braces, but we also do regular dental exams. If your child has had braces with us, we encourage you to become one of our regular dental patients. To set up an appointment, contact us today.