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After waiting for months, or even years, the big day is finally here and your braces are coming off! Whether you are a child, a teen or an adult, this is an important day, since those braces have a been a part of your life for a long time. You have had to have them adjusted, you have had to learn to brush differently, and they have even affected what and how you eat from time time. Well, the waiting is about to pay off.

First of all, the good news is the wait is finally over. On average, your orthodontist needs about an hour to remove your braces. This includes taking the hardware out of your mouth and cleaning the adhesive from your teeth. You may feel some pressure, but the procedure is painless.There may be some spots on your teeth from the braces, but don’t panic! That is a cosmetic issue and your dentist can treat it.

The doctor will also give you a retainer to wear for a prescribed length of time. A retainer makes certain that your teeth stay in their new positions, since the ligaments and your jaw still need time to adjust. You may only have to wear your retainer during the night. The time may last for a few months or for the rest of your life. Whatever the case, you will need to follow the doctor’s instructions for wearing and cleaning your retainer to make sure that your teeth remain in alignment.

Naturally, you will still need to see your dentist every six months for cleanings and exams. In between visits, brush at least twice a day and floss before bedtime. Be sure to limit your intake of sugars and starches.

Dr. Daniel Bradshaw at Bradshaw & Hathaway in Johnson City, Tennessee, is committed to giving you night, healthy smile. If you are thinking about getting braces, contact our office today at 423-929-1126 for an appointment.