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Getting my braces off 2 weeks from today and was wondering what I shouldexpect...

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nicholas2223 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted February 6, 2012 at 5:28 AM via web

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Getting my braces off 2 weeks from today and was wondering what I shouldexpect when getting them off does it hurt and what kind of retaineris good

Getting my  braces off in two weeks

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 6, 2012 at 6:44 AM (Answer #2)

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Your dentist will be able to tell you what kind of retainer to get.  It does not usually hurt, but your teeth will be sensitive.  Also, it will feel strange to eat for a few days.  You'll probably want to take a day or half day off from school because you might feel it at first.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM (Answer #3)

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I had braces for several years, and believe me, they hurt MUCH WORSE while they were on than when they came off. It was a great feeling to rub my tongue across my teeth again without feeling the metal attached. Wearing a retainer wasn't so great (and I also had to wear rubber bands--this was the 1960s-1970s, understand), but it beat the braces, and the retainer was primarily worn at night.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 6, 2012 at 8:38 AM (Answer #4)

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I remember when my braces came off I was ecstatic! I would have suffered through any amount of pain to not have them on my teeth any longer. As for the type of retainer you will get, many retainers are different (as litteacher mentioned, you dentist will determine that). One suggestion: wear your retainer as suggested or your teeth will move back.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM (Answer #6)

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I too had braces.  It did not hurt at all to have them removed.  In fact, I really enjoyed getting them off.  My teeth were a bit sore when chewing for a day or two, but it was nothing more than mild discomfort.  Your dentist or orthodontist will decide what type of retainer you need.  It is important to wear them as instructed.  After a few months, I did not continue to wear my bottom retainer and my teeth slid back out of place.  Most of the time, you will be given a top and bottom retainer to wear when you are sleeping.  These retainers can be removed and sometimes you even get to pick the color.  Occasionally, a dentist may want to use a permanent retainer.  This kind stays in place all the time.  It will really just depend on your personal medical needs.

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