Can I Get My Braces Removed Early?

The DiCiccio Freeman team is here to support your orthodontic journey from your first appointment to the day you share your new smile with the world! When patients first start their orthodontic treatment, many want to know, “What happens if I take my braces off early?”

It’s essential to give your treatment the time needed to guide your teeth in the desired alignment. Removing braces before your teeth have been completely repositioned can cause future problems for your smile. 

Let’s look at how long braces are typically worn and the steps you can take to ensure your braces come off on time.

Our orthodontists and staff are happy to answer any questions you have about your braces treatment. Contact our offices in Fresno or Clovis to discuss your options.

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How Long Does Braces Treatment Typically Last?

Your braces treatment timeline depends on factors. Some patients need minor cosmetic adjustments, while others require more attention to achieve healthy alignment. 

Other factors include: 

  • Your orthodontic condition
  • Type of treatment used
  • Compliance with treatment plan
  • Oral hygiene habits
  • Age

While various factors will determine your treatment timeline, the average time patients wear braces is 1-3 years.

DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics will work hard to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile with the most efficiency and precision possible.

Can You Have Braces Taken Off Early?

You might still wonder if getting your braces removed early is possible. The short answer is that you should wait the time allotted before getting your braces off.

What Happens If You Take Your Braces Off Early?

Removing braces before your teeth have become fully set in their new position can lead to complications, including:

  • Teeth returning to their initial, misaligned positions
  • Increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease
  • Increased cost for future treatment

That said, if you comply with your treatment plan, your smile may progress more quickly than the expected timeline. Our team will provide all the information you need to get the most from your braces treatment.

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How to Make Sure You Get Your Braces Off on Time

Remember that your orthodontic treatment is a process. While you may want to get your braces off early, it is critical to keep your eyes on the prize and stay diligent with the plan.

Steps you can take to increase the chances of getting your braces taken off ahead of schedule include: 

Following your orthodontist’s advice : DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics will provide you with a detailed treatment plan to ensure you know what to expect while wearing braces.

Schedule and show up for check-in appointments : The check-in appointments allow your orthodontist to assess your progress and make minor adjustments. You can also contact us anytime to ask questions or schedule emergency appointments if something unexpected occurs.

Practice proper hygiene : Brushing and flossing during your treatment is essential to preventing food particles and bacteria from gathering around your braces and damaging your teeth. Avoiding sugary foods can reduce your risk of cavities.

Clean and care for your braces : Be sure to avoid crunchy or chewy foods, such as hard candy, tough meat, chewy bread, and raw vegetables.

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Contact Us If You Are Still Thinking About Removing Your Braces Early

At DiCiccio Freeman, we want the best for you and your smile! We’re excited to work with you to ensure you receive the best braces treatment in Fresno and Clovis. While we rarely recommend getting braces removed early, there may be options to temporarily stop treatment. 

Call DiCiccio Freeman to learn more about braces, and we can help create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle!