How Do You Know When Your Braces Are Ready to Come Off?

February 10, 2023

how do you know when your braces are ready to come off

If you’re ready for your braces to come off, here are a few things you should know.

Your teeth should be in perfect alignment and free of spaces before your orthodontist can remove them.

A few key goals that we focus on during your treatment are resolving any issues around spacing or crowding, aligning your teeth so they’re in an appropriate position, and then correcting your bite. Once we’ve achieved these three, your orthodontist will be confident that your teeth are fully straight and aligned.

During your orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will often use a palatal expander to open your jaw. Once the expansion is complete, you should see a significant improvement in your smile’s appearance!

Once your orthodontist is satisfied that your teeth have moved into their new positions, they’ll take X-rays and measurements. These will help them make a retainer for you.

Removing your braces early reduces the risk that your teeth will shift back to their original positions and you’ll need braces again.

You’ll need to take good care of your teeth and gums after they’re removed. This will include brushing, flossing, and maintaining regular dental visits.

The removal of your braces isn’t always a quick process, so make sure to be patient with yourself and the orthodontist as they work to free your teeth. The orthodontist will have to scrape off any leftover glue on your teeth, so you may feel a little sensitivity as they work.


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