The spaces are closed after a year of orthodontic treatment. Am I close to taking them off?

Q. After the spaces are closed, for how long should I wait to remove the dental braces?

Answered by
Dr. Mayank Khandelwal
and medically reviewed by Dr. Chithranjali Ravichandran
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 02, 2022 and last reviewed on: Jul 20, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have had braces for a year. My orthodontist had told me I only needed a closure of one tiny gap left in my top teeth. They initially asked me to book one monthly appointment with them and then two fortnightly appointments. Once the gap is finally closed, how long should I wait to finally take off my braces? Am I close to taking them off?



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I hope you are doing well. It is good to hear that you are on the verge of completing your orthodontic treatment and having a beautiful smile. Based on your appointment schedule, I feel you will be off your braces in about two to three months, depending on when your next visit is. The first appointment is to put on elastics for space closure, followed by a month of break. During the second appointment, once the gap is closed, your wire will be changed, and you will be put on the settling phase, which will last for fifteen days. If the gap does not close, space closure will be continued for another month. After fifteen days time period is over, the debonding procedure will be scheduled. Post debonding, you have to make one more visit for your retainers, depending on which one you are given. If it is a fixed one, there is no need for another visit. At the time of debonding itself, a retainer will be fixed. If it is a removable one, your teeth and jaw measurements will be taken on the day of debonding, and within two to three days, retainers will be given. So, from how far is your next appointment for that tiny space closure, you can calculate the approximate timing for debonding. Do reach out in case of any further information or assistance. Regards.

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