Does It Hurt When Braces are Removed?

Does it hurt when you take braces off? Many patients speak with their good friends and ask if it is painful while they have their braces taken off. Their pals, seizing an opportunity, will say, “Oh yes, it really hurts whenever they take your braces off”. Tarah Ferguson, shown above, had her brackets taken off today.  She was apprehensive, but I informed her it didn’t hurt.

Braces are removed using a unique instrument where the bracket is squeezed and the bottom is peeled off of the tooth.  The enamel is not injured in any way.  After the bracket is taken away, the adhesive is still on the tooth.  That glue is taken off by a high speed handpiece and a 12 fluted carbined finishing bur or by cleaving it off with a special plyers.  Again, no damage is done towards the enamel.

I took Tarah’s braces off as i was speaking with her mom.  It took less than a minute.  Tarah thought the braces were still on the teeth.  She didn’t realize I had taken them off. LOL   When she finally moved her lips and tongue across her teeth, she was shocked and a large smile came on her face.  We all had a good laugh.   So if you want to know….”does it hurt to get my braces taken off?”  Ask Tarah :)

Watch the video to see how easy the brackets and wires are removed.