The day you get your braces off has been described as one of the most enjoyable days in a person’s life. Having the perfectly aligned teeth you always wanted is a joy to behold in the mirror. Knowing what to expect and how to care for your new smile, when that day finally comes, can promote a lifetime of oral health and great visual appearance.
Answers to What to expect when braces come off?
The process of having your braces removed can raise some common questions such as:
Will I have advance notice that my braces are going to come off?
Your orthodontist will most likely have told you at your last adjustment that he expects you’ll be ready to have your braces removed at the next visit. However, this is only their best guess – if your teeth move unexpectedly, or not enough, between appointments, removal may be postponed.
What should I expect?
The orthodontist will use pliers to remove all the brackets, thoroughly scrape and clean all the glue off your teeth, and take a mold for your new retainer. If a patient were to attempt whitening before removal of all the cementing materials, the process could result in uneven whitening.
What will my teeth look like?
How your teeth will look depends entirely on how well you cared for them while wearing braces. They may look perfect if you cared for them well, or they may be stained with yellow tartar and marks underneath the bands called “white scars” if you did a poor job.
Don’t expect to be completely finished with the orthodontist . ALL our patients need to wear a retainer after they get their braces off to hold the teeth in their new positions. We recommend wearing retainers forever to prevent teeth from slowly shifting out of place.
How should I care for teeth afterwards?
Your teeth and gums will be a bit sensitive at first. Don’t immediately rush out and binge on crunchy and chewy previously forbidden foods – ease into it.
Tips for dealing with your new retainer
It will be difficult to speak at first, and you may have a lisp. If you practice speaking, reading aloud, this will go away in a day or so. It is the best way to get your mouth used to working around the plastic and wires.
You may also find yourself drooling or dealing with extra saliva at first. This is normal and will go away after the first day or two.
Why Dental Teeth Whitening After Braces are Removed is Better Than Home Whitening
Instead of going to the store and buying any home whitening products, or toothpastes or whitening kits, it would be a wiser option to go to your Orthodontist’s office for professional teeth whitening. In-office teeth whitening by professional office personnel lowers your incidence of any side-effects because in a dental office patients are initially screened and monitored prior to whitening. Then the whitening procedures are customized according to the requirements of each individual. Learn more about “Why You Should Choose an Orthodontic Specialist“.
An Orthodontist can examine the cause of the discoloration and whether it is an intrinsic stain or extrinsic stain and recommend the best treatment. Furthermore, one must know home teeth whitening products and kits are not efficient in removing stains from tooth enamel, veneers and crowns.
Home teeth whitening such as strips and mouth trays can only whiten the outside surface of the teeth. These methods will not completely whiten tooth enamel. Moreover, home whitening using mouth trays can be dangerous if bleaching solution is swallowed accidently. One has to wait for weeks or even a month to see the visible results of these methods of whitening.
Which Dental Office Teeth Whitening method after braces are removed is best for me?
Dental whitening is more effective in whitening any stained teeth. In-office laser teeth whitening is one of the popular choices when it comes to teeth whitening. Your doctor will apply bleaching gel on your teeth after cleaning and focus a laser light into your teeth. The laser light will penetrate the tooth enamel and work to remove the stains effectively. With laser teeth whitening, one can have 6-8 shades whiter than the original color. The time it takes to whiten teeth by this method is about one hour.
Another in-office teeth whitening is zoom teeth whitening. The process is similar to that of teeth whitening but is less expensive. Zoom teeth whitening also uses a special zoom lased light to whiten teeth.
Who can do teeth whitening after braces are removed?
Any adults who are above 18 years of age can do dental teeth whitening safely. Children should consult their orthodontist or general dentist before attempting to bleach their teeth after removal of braces.
The end result of having your braces removed and teeth whitened at your Orthodontist’s office are perfectly aligned teeth and the dazzling smile you always wanted for yourself. If you have any questions, please ask our helpful office personnel.
If you are interested in improving your smile with professional teeth whitening, please call 972 335 1300 Monday through Thursday, or submit an online appointment request and we will respond within one business day.