It’s official. You have undergone months, or perhaps years, of orthodontic treatment in the form of dental braces and now the glorious moment has come to finally have them removed. Understanding the process that our doctors at Dr. Shireen Malik, D.D.S., at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center will follow to remove your braces will help you better know what to expect when the time comes.
The removal of braces is a relatively quick and painless procedure and they must be removed in the reverse order from how they were applied. Therefore, the small elastic bands that are placed on each bracket to hold the wiring system in place must be taken off first. To do this, Dr. Shireen Malik, D.D.S. will use a small dental instrument with a hook to carefully remove each band.
After the elastic bands are removed, Dr. Shireen Malik, D.D.S. will use small pliers to gently detach the wire from the groove on top of each bracket and from the anchor bands that may be located on the back molars. She will then use special pliers to squeeze and remove each bracket individually. Because the separation of the bracket and tooth occurs at the point where the bracket met the adhesive keeping it in place, a residue will remain on the tooth until it is polished and cleaned.
After the removal of your braces, Dr. Shireen Malik, D.D.S. will discuss the need for you to continue orthodontic treatment in the form of permanent or temporary retainers. To learn more about the services we provide at the practice, visit www.nicholascosmeticdentalcenter.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shireen Malik, D.D.S., at Nicholas Cosmetic Dental Center in Philadelphia, PA, call 215-279-1193.