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What To Expect When Getting Your Braces Off

After months or even years of wearing metal or clear braces, it’s finally time to remove them! Morita Orthodontics is excited to take off your orthodontic appliances and have you show off your new, straight smile. Although most patients are probably overjoyed for this momentous event, some might be nervous or wonder what to expect when getting their braces off. Don’t worry, your local Honolulu orthodontic team will walk you through the entire braces removal process.

Braces Removal Procedure

Braces Removal Procedure

To actually remove your metal braces, your orthodontist will do the majority of the work. First they will work with a pair of sanitary orthodontic pliers to gently remove the base of each bracket. The objective is to carefully break the bonding adhesive to remove the bracket from your tooth. Once all of the brackets are taken off individually, your orthodontist will remove the cement with a specific dental tool. The last step is a quick polish to ensure your tooth enamel is free of cement and ready for smiling. The braces removal process is relatively easy and painless at Morita Orthodontics. The actual procedure shouldn’t hurt at all, however, you may experience some minor inflammation or irritation of the gums, but this will subside in a couple of days.

Post Braces Care

Now it’s time to take care of your new smile! Once your clear braces have been taken off, it’s important to keep up a regular oral hygiene routine with effective brushing and flossing, and wearing your retainer.

  • You should ensure that you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day to keep your teeth bacteria and dental plaque free.
  • Post Braces CareIf you have been wearing metal braces or clear braces, it’s essential to wear your retainer for the specified time. Your teeth are in the perfect position, your bite is aligned, and everything is straight. Wearing your retainer will keep it this way.
  • If you have been wearing clear aligners, remember, your retainer may look like your aligners, but the retainer material is different. Please make sure to wear it for the specific time frame necessary and set by your orthodontist.

Follow Up Appointments

Depending on your specific orthodontic plan and progress, your orthodontist may want to schedule one or more follow up appointments to ensure your teeth are in the desired position and stay there. Of course, if anything happens to your teeth or your retainer, never hesitate to call Morita Orthodontics and schedule an appointment.

Contact Morita Orthodontics For Metal Braces & Clear Braces Today!

If you are concerned about having your braces removed or wearing a retainer, please consult our orthodontic team at Morita Orthodontics. We will ensure that the entire process goes smoothly and you are left with a beautiful, straight smile. To schedule your next appointment, contact us directly in Honolulu and Aiea, Hawaii! We look forward to seeing you and revealing your gorgeous new smile!

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Notice of Temporary Closure

RE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

To our valued patients,

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), President Trump, the American Dental Association and the Hawaii Dental Association are recommending all dentists postpone nonemergency dental procedures for 2 weeks. Our practice is committed to protecting the community and avoiding using valuable resources that our first responders and frontline healthcare providers will need.

Our office will be closed effective today, Wednesday, March 18, and we plan to resume regular hours on Wednesday, April 1. If you are experiencing a true dental emergency including swelling or severe tooth pain, please call your general dentist office, and listen closely as emergency contact info will be available. For all nonemergent questions, please email us at [email protected].

We are so sorry for the burden this places on your schedules, but your continued health and safety are our number one priority. Our office is working diligently to reschedule all patients with existing appointments within the next 2 weeks. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and determine on a weekly basis when it is appropriate for us to return to normal orthodontic patient care. We ask for your compassion and understanding at this time as we all work together to keep Hawaii healthy.


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