What To Expect When You Get Your Braces Off

debond, What To Expect When You Get Your Braces Off, Cooper & Misner Orthodontics

Debond Day

The day you have been waiting for is finally here! You are getting your braces removed (which we call “debonded”)! Here are a few things to expect at your debond appointment. First, be prepared for a longer appointment, we allot 80 minutes for your debond and typically use most of that scheduled time. During your appointment you may feel some minor pressure and once the brackets are removed your teeth can feel a little slimy, this is completely normal. After the doctor comes over to polish your teeth  you may feel a little sore and your gums may be a little tender, again this is all completely normal.

Throughout your treatment, we put a high emphasis on the importance of oral hygiene, specifically with brushing your teeth consistently. Failure to brush your teeth after meals can lead to white spots on your teeth. The white spots are from food or bacteria that was left in contact with the enamel for a long time. Once your braces are removed, it is just as important to maintain great oral hygiene. 

Bonded & Clear Retainers

Once your braces are removed, we will place a bonded retainer on the back of your front lower teeth. The bonded retainer is a small, thin wire that is placed to prevent your teeth from shifting after treatment. An assistant will demonstrate how you floss your teeth with your bonded retainer, as it is different from flossing the rest of your teeth. After placing the bonded retainer, we will take photos just like we did before your braces were put on. We will also take a 3-D scan of your teeth. With the scan, we will print a 3-D model of your teeth. From there, the model will be used to make your clear retainers. You can read more about retainer care here!

Your clear retainers should be ready by the following day. It is crucial that you follow the retainer instructions given to you by the doctor and assistant. If you do not wear your clear retainers as instructed, your teeth will slowly begin to shift back into their position pre-braces. After this quick retainer appointment, you won’t need to come back in for six weeks – unless you have any issues with your bonded or clear retainers. You’re braces free! Enjoy all of those foods you couldn’t have for so long & smile big!!