Removing of orthodontic appliances and retency

step6 infoRemoving braces and other types of orthodontic appliances is a bit unpleasant and sometimes painful. The discomfort you may experience is due to the increased sensitivity of the teeth caused by their displacement during the treatment. The removal of your braces is done with a special tool that squeeze them and breaks the glue holding them in place and separates the bond.

Many patients are anxious about teeth enamel damage while having braces. My answer to those patients is, ‘No; braces won’t damage your teeth enamel. Teeth enamel loss can occur after two irresponsible actions done by:

  • the patient – poor oral hygiene during the treatment period, which leads to the appearance of white demineralization spots around the braces;
  • the orthodontist – vigorously removal of the adhesive residues on the tooth.

To avoid damaging the enamel, I use special non-cutting instrument that do not harm it in any way.

It is very important for the patient to understand that the treatment does not end with the removal of the orthodontic appliance. As a result of natural growth and aging processes, the jaw and position of the teeth change over time. Teeth are not adhered to the bone around them, but rather are attached by very fine ligaments (fibres) to the walls of their sockets. When teeth are changing location around their roots, dynamic processes of fusion, bone building and rearrangement of these fibres take place. Nevertheless, the active phase of treatment is over, the new position of the teeth is still not steady and they will try to return to their previous position. Therefore, the use of retainers that support the new alignment is mandatory, and they are usually worn for a long period of time.