What To Expect When You’re Expecting….. Your Braces To Come Off

Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS, FAGD

Today day is the day! Months and even years of getting wires changed, debonded brackets, multiple appointments, sore cheeks, tender teeth, denying yourself popcorn, gum, and caramel, the wait is over. It is truly an exciting time! Your brackets will be popped off with the wires and cement removed from your teeth. Brushing and flossing now will be something that dreams are made of, Heaven! However, it will take some time to get used to the retainer. Saliva can pool underneath which causes you to swallow more often, and the teeth can hurt. Talking will be a challenge with the retainers too, enunciation will be tricky! Then there are the awkward moments of removing and inserting them in public places because you can’t resist the chocolate candy bar at the department store counter, hilarious! Although initially uncomfortable and somewhat inconvenient, it is necessary to wear them as prescribed by your orthodontist. In my case, I am to wear them all the time for six months except to brush and eat. If post-op treatment is not maintained, teeth will relapse and the time spent correcting tooth alignment and bite will be all for naught. As patients, we must adhere to the plan as the orthodontist addresses our concerns. The relationship between the patient and the orthodontist is a marriage. So, cheers to a long, healthy, happy relationship!