Dentists perform debonding once the orthodontic appliances, such as braces, are no longer necessary for the patient or need to be taken off for an emergency. The procedure is fairly simple but requires technical expertise from the orthodontists handling the case.
What is Debonding?
The removal of orthodontic braces from the teeth is known as debonding. It is the last step in a person’s orthodontic treatment before they are prescribed retainers to help maintain their new smile.
While the procedure is quite easy, technical expertise such as that possessed by Dr. Raphael Putrus is essential to ensure the proper execution of the procedure. Since the brackets are bonded firmly to the teeth and sharp wires are also involved in the process, we ensure that the process comes along smoothly without injuring the patient or causing any damage to their natural tooth structure.
When is it Necessary?
Debonding is necessary once the patient is done with their orthodontic treatment. It starts with crowded teeth, malocclusion, and other issues that can cause aesthetic and functional problems in the patient. Brackets are bonded on the teeth, and with the help of wires, power chains, and other appliances, the teeth are brought to a normal occlusal relationship, improving the patient’s smile. Once that is over, we need to debond the brackets, remove the appliances, and allow the patient to get used to their new smile.
Alternatively, debonding also becomes necessary during specific emergencies. For example, if the patient has suffered from an injury and needs treatment that the brackets will hinder, they need to undergo debonding.
Often, patients need to attend important events where they do not want to appear wearing braces, such as their wedding or a festival. In these situations, the patients ask the dentists to remove their brackets, which the dentist debonds for a short while. The treatment resumes after the event is concluded.
What is the Procedure for Debonding?
The procedure for debonding occurs in two parts.
The first part is bracket removal. The orthodontist used pliers to remove the brackets from the teeth. The brackets are bonded with a firm adhesive, and pure mechanical force is required to break that bond. But then, improper technique can also damage the teeth, so an experienced orthodontist is necessary for the procedure.
When all of the brackets are removed, we move to part two, which removes the adhesive that remains on the teeth. The patient may tell the orthodontist that their teeth feel slimy or irregular because of the remaining adhesive on the teeth. These remains are removed with the help of scaling and polishing of the teeth.
Scaling and polishing are often necessary after debonding because excess plaque also accumulates between the teeth of the patient during their treatment.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Debonding is an easy procedure that allows patients to admire their new smile and perfectly aligned teeth. To discuss debonding with an experienced dentist, call 586-999-8818 and schedule an appointment at All About Orthodontics.