Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, your misaligned teeth are corrected, and your teeth are straightened, it’s time for the day everyone looks forward to: the removal of braces, or de-bonding. You’ll visit your orthodontist for a final check of your progress. If your orthodontist approves your case as complete, the braces appliance will be removed by their assistants using specialized instruments. They will also remove any excess residue left by the bonding glue.
In the next step, you’ll see your beautiful new smile. Photos will be taken to document your results. But remember, your orthodontic care after braces isn’t over yet. Retainers play a crucial role in preventing your teeth from moving back to their original positions.
You’ll receive either a bonded retainer, which is attached to the back of your teeth and is not visible, or a removable retainer. Several types of retainers are available, including plastic aligners like Invisalign, and those that use rubber bands. Understanding all the options is important, so consider reading a comprehensive retainer guide.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential during this period. Remember, the treatment times for each individual may vary. The key is to follow your orthodontist’s advice and maintain regular check-ups to ensure the best results for your smile.
You’ll generally go back to the orthodontist for at least a few follow-up visits after de-bonding and retainer insertion, generally twice a year for 1-2 years. If you lose or break your retainer, you’ll need to go back to replace it, but as long as you continue to wear your retainer and take good care of your teeth, you may never need to go back to the orthodontist!