When do I get my Braces off?!

~The age old question~

The most frequently asked question in our office is …

“When are my braces coming off?” 

If you have had your braces on for a while and are close to the original estimate of when they were supposed to come off, of course the question will inevitably come to mind! 

Our office will tell you that this is a great question for the doctor, as it will depend on each individual treatment.  As the Orthodontist, we can take your braces off at any time, but it doesn’t always mean that they are ready to come off.  Doctors have a job to watch all the details and do a thorough job of assessing when teeth are straight, the jaw is aligned, and your bite is perfect.  Sometimes braces can be predictable, especially when patients follow our instructions carefully and take extra special care of their braces.  Other times getting to the finish line is complicated by natural response and lack of patient compliance.  Removing them before they are ready may have future consequences.

It’s the Little Things That Count!

There are a few things to keep in mind that may help your braces come off on time or maybe even sooner than expected.

Keep your adjustment appointments.  Rescheduled appointments or missed appointments can cause a delay in treatment.

Let our team know as soon as possible if you experience any problems with your braces or appliances.  Breakages and loose wires can mean that your teeth will move between appointments causing there to be a delay in the removal. 

Make sure you wear your rubber bands as prescribed. This ensures that there will be a change in your bite since your last appointment.

Finally, we want you to maintain good oral hygiene, just as you did before your treatment began. 

Follow these tips and you should be on the road to a brace-free smile in no time!  If you want more information about when your braces will be removed don’t hesitate to call or ask at your next appointment.


“Beautiful Smiles are Created Here”