Does Getting Braces Off Hurt?

Your dental health is extremely important and sometimes you need to have procedures to correct certain problems.

One common problem that people have is the need to have braces to correct the alignment of their teeth.

Does Getting Braces Off Hurt

This is nothing to worry about and if it has to be done, you should follow the advice from your dentist.

However, some people worry about whether or not getting their braces removed will hurt them.

Therefore, we’ve decided to write this guide to help you understand braces. What they are, why they’re important and whether or not it hurts to have them removed.

So, read on to learn more.

What Exactly Are Braces?

There are different types of braces like metal braces and plastic invisible braces.

They are a type of orthodontic device that help to correct the alignment and position of your teeth, whilst also fixing any large gaps between the teeth.

Once your braces have been fitted, it can be any time between a month and a few years before they have to be removed.

When your dentist examines you and decides it is time to remove them, they will schedule an appointment for this to happen.

Is There Pain When They Remove Them?

Here’s where it gets a little tricky. Everybody is different and there are, as mentioned, different types of braces.

Most people experience no pain whatsoever when they have their braces removed, but there are also those that report sensitivity of their teeth or slight pain when this happens.

Usually, the pain or discomfort that is experienced is due to the pressure change when the brackets of the braces are removed.

In fact, a lot more people experience worse anxiety and worry about the procedure, rather than the procedure itself.

What To Do Before Your Braces Are Removed?

It’s important that you listen to your dentist’s advice and do not do anything drastic.

Before you have your braces removed, it’s critical that you don’t eat or drink anything different or anything that your dentist has warned against.

It’s also important that you try not to worry about the procedure too much.

As we mentioned, people often have worse effects worrying about their braces being removed, rather than the procedure itself.

Anxiety before and during your braces being removed can be very problematic, so try to relax – it does not take long and you will be okay.

What To Do After Your Braces Are Removed?

As many people experience sensitivity or pressure changes – you should try to avoid food and drink that is too hot or too cold which could cause further discomfort.

You should also probably avoid chewy or crunchy foods for a while until you feel normal again.

Additionally, you should always continue following your dentist’s advice. Especially if you notice any complications or extreme pain over time.

Sometimes, your dentist may advise that you take anti-inflammatory medication for a while.

After some time, your dentist will request that you return to get your retainer.

It’s important that your retainer fits well and causes no discomfort, so this may take some time.

Can I Remove My Braces Myself?

Can I Remove My Braces Myself?

You should never try to remove your braces yourself.

The procedure must be conducted by a qualified professional with the correct tools and equipment.

You might end up injuring yourself or even breaking the braces, causing parts to fall off.

When this happens, many people have accidentally swallowed the parts and further problems from this have arisen.

How Do They Remove Your Braces?

It’s actually a pretty simple procedure to remove braces, but it must be done by a professional. The following steps will occur.

Step One

In order to remove your braces, your dentist will use a particularly metal device. They will place it onto your metal brace brackets and then pop them off.

If there is also a molar band, the dentist will remove this too.

Step Two

After your braces have been fully removed, your teeth have to have a proper, thorough cleaning.

Not only is this a good idea when you’re at a dentist, but there’s a reason for this.

People sometimes have problems with their oral hygiene when they have braces, but additionally – excess debris and brace residue need to be removed.

Your dentist will use a grinder and also polish your teeth, providing you with a clean finish.

Step Three

To prevent your teeth from moving or shifting, a retainer is required for a while. Next, it may be required for your dentist to give your mouth a full x-ray.

There’s a few reasons for this.

Your dentist is looking for any cracks or abnormalities in the mouth, whilst also using the information they gather for the fitting of your retainer.

Step Four

Your dentist may decide to inspect your wisdom teeth.

If they notice that your wisdom teeth are coming through, they may also request you come in for a follow up consultation for the removal of them.

How Long Will All This Take?

The removal process of your braces will take around an hour or so, however the follow ups and potential complications will likely take longer.

If you are concerned about time, you should speak with your dentist and, if applicable, speak with your employer.


It’s important that you follow the guidance from your dentist.

There may be specific guidance for you to follow depending on what you have done altogether, however there will be some general advice given.

  • Keep up to date with your oral hygiene and always remember follow dentist guidance
  • Try to avoid foods and drinks that could complicate discomfort
  • Always inform your dentist if you notice any changes or pain

The Bottom Line

Braces removal does not usually hurt, but you may experience some discomfort. Just follow advice from your dentist and you should be fine!

Andrew Kemp
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