Is it time for your teeth to get off the braces? If yes, then the big day is approaching ultimately. While your child will obviously be excited to say goodbye to wearing braces, he/she has several questions in their mind about the process and how their life will be after removing the braces.
Being a parent, you should be aware how to help your child with braces removal and be sure that your child takes proper care of the teeth. Let’s discuss about common questions and answers for getting the braces off.
- How much time will it take to remove braces?Though your child may have to wear braces for several months, the procedure for removing them is not very complicated. The braces can usually be taken off completely in one appointment and the removal often requires almost an hour. During the removal, your orthodontist clips brackets and uses a polisher/ scraper to remove glue from the teeth. While removing the braces do not hurt, many patients feel some pressure and can even hear scraping during the orthodontic treatment.
- Can braces damage my teeth?The braces will not cause permanent damage to your child’s teeth. However, there are a few things that can make the teeth look worse after removing the braces. For example, some people may develop white spots on the teeth while wearing braces. The spots usually occur due to the accumulation of plaque on the teeth that changes the color of enamel. But these spots can be treated.
- Do I need to wear a retainer?After the braces are removed, your teeth will be slightly loose and uneven in their newer position. It depends on several factors how long your child will have to wear a retainer. Some people need to wear for a few years only while others will have to wear for the rest of their lives. Although it may be embarrassing for your child to wear a retainer, he/she should be reminded that it is a vital part of the procedure. Wearing invisalign retainers make it less likely that your child have to wear braces for the second time.
- How do I take care of my teeth after braces?Your child’ teeth will be in good condition after removing the braces. Make sure you maintain good oral health and see your dentist regularly to keep the teeth and gums strong and healthy. Brush teeth twice a day by using Fluoride contained toothpaste and floss daily to get rid of small food particles stuck in between the teeth.
You need to schedule regular cleanings and checkups with our private dentist at Dulwich Dental Office so that any probable issues cannot be detected early and fixed soon. Your child’s orthodontist can tell if the retainer is working properly or it requires further adjustment.
Both you and your child have invested a lot of time in getting their teeth straightened. While both must be thrilled about removing the braces, it is also important to know what you can do to keep your child’s teeth in proper shape for several years.