Are you excited to finally remove your braces and show off your amazing, straight smile? At Olson Orthodontics, we share your excitement and are here to help you throughout the entire journey. Read on to learn about the steps of getting your braces removed and what to expect during the debond process (or debanding).
The Final Check Appointment and Debond Process
Before the debonding procedure, our team will conduct a “final check appointment” to make sure your teeth are ready for the braces to be removed. This appointment isn’t when your braces will actually come off, but it ensures that the timing is just right!
Step 1: Braces Removal
When it’s time to remove your braces, we use a special metal tool to loosen each bracket on your teeth. This usually takes off your braces—both brackets and wires—in one step. If you have a molar band (a metal band connecting your braces to your molars), our team will carefully slide it off as well. While not painful, this step can feel a bit weird, but rest assured, we do our best to make the process quick and easy.
Step 2: Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
Once your braces are off, your teeth will need a good cleaning, as braces tend to collect plaque and food bits. We will also gently polish your teeth to remove any glue that is leftover from the brackets.
Step 3: X-rays, Bite Impressions, and Retainers
After cleaning, we might take X-rays, bite impressions, or digital photos to check the braces’ effectiveness. These measurements and a digital model of your mouth may also be used to create a retainer. A retainer is an orthodontic device you might need to wear to keep the results achieved by your braces and stop teeth shifting. Dr. Olson will give you advice on when and how often you should wear your retainer.
Step 4: Wisdom Teeth Inspection
Lastly, if you have wisdom teeth, Dr. Olson might take a look at them. If they’re coming in after removing your braces, she may suggest having them taken out to avoid future teeth shifting.
Step 5: Importance of Retainers After Braces
Wearing a retainer after braces is super important for keeping your newly aligned smile and preventing your teeth from going back to their original position. Retainers help hold and maintain the alignment accomplished by braces, making sure that your teeth stay straight and lovely. Following your orthodontist’s instructions regarding retainer use is key for the long-term success of your orthodontic treatment, letting you confidently show off your smile for years to come.