What to Expect When Getting Your Braces Off

Sohn Orthodontics is proud to be Bridgeville’s go-to smile solution! We love helping you and your family to show off your smile, and when better to show off your smile than after getting your braces off? But what will that look like? We’ve asked Dr. Sohn to put together a step-by-step guide to what to expect when getting your braces off, so keep reading! 


Step 1 – How does removal work? 

The process of having your braces removed is an exciting moment in your orthodontic journey. It begins with a thorough assessment to confirm that your teeth are now properly aligned. Dr. Sohn and her team will then carefully remove the brackets that have been attached to your teeth. This step is painless but may involve some gentle pressure as the brackets are taken off.

After the brackets are removed, any remaining adhesive is skillfully buffed away, leaving your teeth smooth and free from residue. 

Finally, you’ll get to see your newly transformed smile without braces, a moment filled with joy and excitement. Dr. Sohn may also provide you with a retainer to help maintain your beautifully aligned teeth. The process is designed to ensure you have a stunning smile to share with the world after your braces come off.


Step 2 – Manage any discomfort. 

You shouldn’t have to worry about too much pain associated with the removal of your braces. However, a little discomfort is totally normal. Feel free to take a simple over-the-counter medication such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen to manage any pain. 

Another helpful strategy to manage discomfort is by rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater. Mixing a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and gently rinsing your mouth can provide relief. The saltwater helps soothe any irritation and promotes healing, making the recovery process more comfortable.

If you experience any sharp or persistent pain that doesn’t improve with over-the-counter pain relievers or saltwater rinses, it’s essential to contact Dr. Sohn right away. She can assess your condition and guide you on how to manage any persistent issues.

Remember that while some initial discomfort is normal, it should subside relatively quickly, and you’ll soon be able to enjoy your newly transformed smile without any lingering discomfort.


Step 3 – Brush and Floss Those Pearly Whites! 

Now that you’re out of braces, it’s time to ensure that you keep up a great habit of brushing in the morning and at night, as well as after snacks. 

You’ve been diligent so far, and now that the goal of your ideal smile is closer than ever, make sure to brush often and properly: use soft bristles at a 45-degree angle for at least 2 minutes at a time. Be sure to brush the insides of your teeth – just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t just as crucial for a healthy mouth! 

A new brush is a happy brush. Make sure you’re swapping your brush out every three to six months or so to keep things moving in the right direction. 


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Step 4 – Wear Your Retainer! 

We mean it! It’s incredibly important to wear your retainer after getting your braces off. Studies show that many patients stop using their retainer after the first few months and that this is far and away the most common cause of further orthodontic difficulties down the road. 

You’ve worked hard over months or maybe even years to get the best smile possible! Dr. Sohn and the team want you to keep that smile, so be sure to get comfortable with that retainer! 

Let’s talk a little bit about maintaining your new best friend below: 


Caring for your retainer 

Your retainer is essential for maintaining alignment, so be sure to keep it clean and well-protected. You’ll want to wear your retainer at least 22 hours a day for the first six months or so and have a high-quality cleaning fluid for it to soak in when it’s out. 

Be sure to avoid leaving your retainer near any major heat sources, as these can cause it to warp its shape and become less effective. 

It goes without saying, but be sure to keep your retainer safe when out of use. You should also consider having a backup on hand, just in case. 


Step 5 – Come back and see us! 

Primary treatment is complete, and your braces are off! But don’t forget to keep up with a regular schedule of check-ups and cleanings. 

Let’s make sure to keep that smile clean! An initial cleaning after removal is a great way to go, as there is a certain degree of expected plaque buildup during your treatment. You’ll probably want to come back to  our office as recommended to maintain excellent orthodontic health, as well.


Bonus Step! Step 6 – Brighten Your Smile! 

Some patients may opt for a whitening procedure after getting their braces off. That’s totally fine, and it can be an awesome way to offset some of the discoloration that can occur during the course of treatment. Contact your dentist if you are interested in teeth whitening. 

Just remember, your teeth will be a bit sensitive in the first week or two after debonding, and a professional whitening could aggravate that sensitivity, so it’s best to wait a bit. 


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We Can’t Wait to See You! 

We hope you’ve learned a little bit about what to expect when your braces come off. Thanks for taking the time, and be sure to give us a call with any questions or concerns! Here at Sohn Orthodontics, we love our Bridgeville patients, and consultations are always 100% free of charge! So come see us, and we’ll help you show off your smile in style!