Happy New Year! What to do if this is the Year you get your Braces Off

A new year can be especially rewarding if your new smile will be revealed in the coming months. Take a moment to congratulate yourself on your progress, and remember that your patience and commitment to life with braces will provide you with straight teeth and a properly aligned bite.

For the most part, the only thing you have to do to prepare for having your braces removed is stay committed to practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding certain foods. Your orthodontist will perform the procedure to remove your braces. This appointment should not involve any pain, and the actual removal of the braces will be completed quickly.

As part of the process of having your braces removed, you can expect:

  • An appointment in which your orthodontist removes your braces. This process should not be painful, although it may be a bit uncomfortable.
  • Use of a retainer. After your braces are removed, your teeth are naturally inclined to shift. To prevent losing the results of your braces, be sure to follow the instructions your orthodontist gives you for wearing a retainer.

After wearing braces, most patients wear a retainer 24 hours a day for up to a year. The next stage usually involves wearing the retainer every night for up to a year. After that, it is recommended to wear a retainer a few nights a week. Lifetime use of a retainer has been shown to keep teeth straight and smiles beautiful.

For braces in Denver, please contact experienced Colorado orthodontist Dr. Robert Rudman at Cherry Creek Orthodontics to schedule a consultation.

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