Are You Getting Braces Off? – Know What to Expect?

After a long and tedious journey of your orthodontic treatment, the wait is finally over. The time has come to get your braces off and show off your perfect smile to the world.

As you are filled with anticipation over your last visit to the orthodontist, you must also be filled with many questions.


How long will it take? Will it hurt? Will I need a retainer? You are bound to be curious about all these questions and more.

In this article, we will attempt to answer all queries, and any more you didn’t think.

What happens at the last visit to the orthodontist?

Your orthodontist will begin this visit as any of your previous visits. The orthodontist will examine your teeth to ascertain that there have been no unwanted teeth movements.

They will check for any signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, etc. It is quite rare, but there is a chance that your dentist may not take your braces off in this visit and extend your treatment for a little longer.

After your braces are taken off, your orthodontist will take an impression of your mouth. The impression will be used to make a mold for creating your retainer.

How do the braces come off?

The orthodontist will use orthodontic pliers to break the bond between the brackets and the cement holding it to the tooth.  (1)

After this, the dentist will scrape the remaining glue from your teeth using a dental tool. You may notice white or yellow spots on your teeth, which can be plaque build-up or calcium deposition. (2)

How will my mouth/teeth feel?

Your teeth are now perfectly lined and may feel little strange to you. Your bite may also feel a little different as you are not used to it.

It will take some time just like it took some time getting used to when you first got your braces. Your teeth may feel tender as they are not yet stable in their new position.

You may also feel some calluses on your lips, which are due to the constant contact with the metal brackets.

If you have not been maintaining proper oral hygiene, your gums may feel sensitive due to inflammation. Your teeth would be in good condition if you had adequately maintained your oral health.  (3)

Does it hurt to get the braces off?

The possibility of feeling any pain while getting your braces off is almost impossible. You may feel a little pressure when the orthodontist uses the pliers.

You may feel scraping against your teeth when the orthodontist scrapes the remaining cement from your teeth. Also, your teeth may feel tender as they are not yet stable in their new position. This feeling lasts for a little only.

What care should I take after my braces are off?

Your oral hygiene routine should remain the same as before. Brush your teeth twice a day and try to floss after every meal. It is easier to keep your teeth clean now as there no brackets or wires in your mouth.

You should not get whitening or bleaching treatment for at least a month after you get your braces off. Your gums are still sensitive, and the bleaching treatment can be painful.

You should also visit your dentist at least twice a year, and the orthodontist may ask you to come again to check if your retainer is correctly aligned and there have been no unwanted movements.

Remember to use your retainer as the orthodontist has advised preventing relapse and failure of the treatment.

Is it necessary to wear a retainer?

Retainers are necessary to wear after your orthodontic treatment is over. Your teeth are not stable after the braces are removed and may go back to their original position. Retainers prevent the teeth from relapsing.

The type of retainer that you may need is decided by the orthodontist based on your treatment plan and your lifestyle choices.

Retainers are typical of two types- removable and permanent. Removable retainers are the most common choice amongst orthodontists because they are easy to use and maintain.

How do I take care of my retainer?

The retention phase is an essential part of your treatment and you should not ignore it. You are most likely to be given a removable retainer by your orthodontist.

You should wear your retainer correctly as your orthodontist has advised. You may be asked to wear your retainer only during the night for a short while or the rest of your life.

  • Remember to clean your retainer after every meal to wash away any accumulated food debris.
  • Maintain proper oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay, gum diseases, etc.
  • Visit your orthodontist for regular dental check-ups.
  • Keep good care of your retainer and make sure you don’t lose or break it. Replacing a retainer can be expensive for you, and it can delay your retention phase too.


Your braces might be removed once your orthodontic treatment is over. This is the moment that you have been waiting since the start of your treatment. But it is essential to know what happens after you get off your orthodontic braces.

You should go for this last visit to your orthodontist fully prepared and ready. Your orthodontist will advise you accordingly which you are supposed to follow.

Maintain a proper oral hygiene to prevent any tooth decay, gingivitis, etc. as they could lead to tooth loss and failure of your orthodontic treatment.


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