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You and your braces have been together for a long time, but before you know it, they dya will be here when it is time for them to come off. So what can you expect?

The process of removing your braces will not take long. It can be done in a single office visit and usually takes less than one hour. You may want to reach for a mirror, or for your phone to take a selfie of your brand-new smile. But you may be surprised to see that your teeth have spots on them. That is normal since the plaque has built up around your braces. This issue is easily corrected. After the hardware has been removed, your orthodontist will remove any remaining dental cement. It is a good idea to schedule a visit with your regular dentist for a cleaning, exam, and for whitening treatments to correct any discoloration.

Your braces may be gone, but the treatment is not quite finished. Your teeth, and the ligaments in your jaw have not quite settled into their new positions. To make sure that they do, your orthodontist will give you a retainer to wear. Since every person’s situation is different, there is no set length of time for your to wear your retainer. However, it is very important that you wear it for the length of time that your orthodontist prescribes. If you don’t, your teeth will drift out of alignment and undo all of the work done by your braces.

You should continue to brush twice a day and floss before bed. Follow your the doctor’s instructions for cleaning your retainer, and be sure to see your orthodontist and dentist for your follow-up appointments and regular cleanings and exams.

If you have questions about your braces, or are thinking about straightening your smile, our orthodontist, Dr. Amy Richter will be happy to see you. If you live in the Buffalo, New York, area, call Amy Richter Orthodontics at 716-239-4815 today to schedule an appointment.