22 doctors weighed in:
Does it hurt to get orthodontics / braces taken off?
22 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry
6 doctors agree
In brief: Should not
They actually come off usually very easily with the proper instruments.
Then the teeth are cleaned of excess cement and polished. It really should not hurt. Then your teeth very smooth and almost slippery because you are used to the rough brackets. Congrats on getting them done.

In brief: Should not
They actually come off usually very easily with the proper instruments.
Then the teeth are cleaned of excess cement and polished. It really should not hurt. Then your teeth very smooth and almost slippery because you are used to the rough brackets. Congrats on getting them done.
Dr. Jake Richards
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
If done properly, the removal of braces should not hurt. You may feel some pressure when a bracket is removed from the tooth or a band in removed from a tooth, however, if done properly, there should be minimal discomfort at all.
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Minimal discomfort
The discomfort of having braces removed is no more than having your teeth cleaned.

In brief: Minimal discomfort
The discomfort of having braces removed is no more than having your teeth cleaned.
Dr. Robert Stoner
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Dr. Sam Kadan
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: NOT REALLY
The braces are designed to be removed easily and most patients don't experience pain during this procedure.
Removal of the glue that stays on the teeth might be more uncomfortable than the removal of the actual bracers.

In brief: NOT REALLY
The braces are designed to be removed easily and most patients don't experience pain during this procedure.
Removal of the glue that stays on the teeth might be more uncomfortable than the removal of the actual bracers.
Dr. Sam Kadan
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Brace Removal
No, in most cases it does not hurt; however, your teeth may be a little sensitive.
Your orthodontist and the assistant will be very careful i'm sure.

In brief: Brace Removal
No, in most cases it does not hurt; however, your teeth may be a little sensitive.
Your orthodontist and the assistant will be very careful i'm sure.
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
If traditional brackets were used, they are removed with forceps that snap under the bracket breaking the bond.
..It can feel very odd and may even feel uncomfortable...It shouldn't hurt.

In brief: Depends
If traditional brackets were used, they are removed with forceps that snap under the bracket breaking the bond.
..It can feel very odd and may even feel uncomfortable...It shouldn't hurt.
Dr. Anna Guarna
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Dr. Stuart Hoffman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Braces off hurt?
Normally, there should be very little discomfort with the removal of braces.
There may be some pressure, but rarely any pain.

In brief: Braces off hurt?
Normally, there should be very little discomfort with the removal of braces.
There may be some pressure, but rarely any pain.
Dr. Stuart Hoffman
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Dr. David May
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
In fact the reason you were warned in the beginning not to bite hard things is because they are taken off using about the same amount of force that you would put on them when biting.

In brief: No
In fact the reason you were warned in the beginning not to bite hard things is because they are taken off using about the same amount of force that you would put on them when biting.
Dr. David May
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Maybe a little
All patients are different when it comes to taking braces off.
Some have particularly sensitive teeth and gums and others actually laugh because it tickles. In general if the gums are healthy the discomfort is minimal and very short lasting.

In brief: Maybe a little
All patients are different when it comes to taking braces off.
Some have particularly sensitive teeth and gums and others actually laugh because it tickles. In general if the gums are healthy the discomfort is minimal and very short lasting.
Dr. Donald Rollofson
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Usually not
take some over the counter pain medication before appointment and it should help

In brief: Usually not
take some over the counter pain medication before appointment and it should help
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Easier that "on!"
Getting braces off sometimes means some mild very transient discomfort.
No anesthetics, other than the Orthodontist's bad jokes, are necessary. The healthier your gums, the less you'll feel the removal. And wait until you see your beautiful smile...it's worth all the hard work. Enjoy!

In brief: Easier that "on!"
Getting braces off sometimes means some mild very transient discomfort.
No anesthetics, other than the Orthodontist's bad jokes, are necessary. The healthier your gums, the less you'll feel the removal. And wait until you see your beautiful smile...it's worth all the hard work. Enjoy!
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: No
being debonded is painless.
Most patients tell us it feels weird to not have the braces on, but no one complains that the removal hurt at all.

In brief: No
being debonded is painless.
Most patients tell us it feels weird to not have the braces on, but no one complains that the removal hurt at all.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. William Dabney
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: Brace removal
Very little discomfort will be felt.
Tell your doctor if you have a low pain threshold so she can take extra care of you.

In brief: Brace removal
Very little discomfort will be felt.
Tell your doctor if you have a low pain threshold so she can take extra care of you.
Dr. William Dabney
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Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
In brief: A bit
There is discomfort during the process of braces and the adhesive removal.
Plan ahead and take an over-the-counter analgesic like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) an hour before the appointment.

In brief: A bit
There is discomfort during the process of braces and the adhesive removal.
Plan ahead and take an over-the-counter analgesic like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) an hour before the appointment.
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
Dr. S. Jay Bowman
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Dr. Andrew Chase
Dentistry
In brief: It shouldn't
Getting braces on or off does not hurt.
There is an adjustment at first to the new appliances in your mouth both from the soft tissue, (inside lips and cheeks), and on the teeth themselves. This sensitive adjustment time can be uncomfortable, but should only last about 2-4days on average. Removal is very easy and pain free. During treatment, the adjustments may render the teeth tender for abt 2d.

In brief: It shouldn't
Getting braces on or off does not hurt.
There is an adjustment at first to the new appliances in your mouth both from the soft tissue, (inside lips and cheeks), and on the teeth themselves. This sensitive adjustment time can be uncomfortable, but should only last about 2-4days on average. Removal is very easy and pain free. During treatment, the adjustments may render the teeth tender for abt 2d.
Dr. Andrew Chase
Dr. Andrew Chase
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