The answer to the question of whether we can remove braces after one year is a resounding no. Braces are by far the most effective way to straighten teeth and give you a beautiful smile, but patients who choose to have their braces removed early may find that they have to start the treatment process all over again. Orthodontic treatment takes time for optimal results, as the teeth must move gradually for the results to be safe and effective. If braces are removed too soon, the teeth may return to their original position.
At Harvey and Thomas Orthodontics, we understand that wearing braces can be uncomfortable and inconvenient at times, and it's rewarding to see your diligence and patience rewarded with a beautiful smile. However, it is important to remember that your orthodontist is a specialist who is fully trained and qualified to determine when is the best time to remove your orthodontic appliances. The typical process for removing braces, cleaning teeth and placing a retainer takes about an hour on average, although it can vary depending on the situation and specific needs. If you are happy with the alignment of your teeth, research shows that removing braces sooner won't affect stability in the least.
Your orthodontist will also clean any adhesive residue, as well as any food or plaque that may have been trapped under the orthodontic appliances. It is important to note that orthodontic appliances place the teeth in a position that is not in harmony with the surrounding musculature, so permanent retention is necessary for life after the treatment is finished. If you skip a few months of going to the orthodontist and your brackets are removed before the time is right, your teeth will look the way they did before treatment began. To avoid this, it is important to take good care of your braces and keep your mouth healthy so that you can finish treatment if possible.At Harvey and Thomas Orthodontics, we understand that it can be tempting to remove braces early in order to attend a special event such as a wedding or dance.
However, bones take a long time to heal and eliminating forms of orthodontic treatment too soon will increase the chances that your teeth will return to their original position. If you want to learn more about braces treatment at Harvey and Thomas Orthodontics, don't hesitate to schedule your free consultation today.
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