1. How long will it take to get my braces taken off ?
Less than 2 minutes and then it takes me another 10 minutes to clean off the residual adhesive.
2. Will I have advance notice that my braces are going to come off ?
Most likely. I normally tell you at the previous appointment that you are to have your braces removed at the next visit. I also request you to get either of your parents in on the last adjustment appointment, if you are a minor, so we can discuss initial treatment objectives versus what we have achieved. I like to ensure that both you and your parents are fully satisfied with the results before we remove the braces.
3. Will it hurt?
No. You should feel a little pressure when the braces are being removed, but no pain.

However, it may take you a day or two to get used to your new retainer.
4. What should I expect ?
The orthodontist will use pliers to remove all the brackets and thoroughly scrape and clean all the glue off your teeth, and take a mold for your new retainer.

Sometimes the mold for the new retainer is made on the last adjustment appointment before the braces come off, so as to allow the retainers to be ready to be placed as soon as the braces come off.
5. What will my teeth look like ?
How your teeth will look depends entirely on how well you cared for them while wearing braces. They may look perfect if you cared for them well, or they may be stained with yellow tartar and marks called "white scars" if you did a poor job.
6. What's next ?
Don't expect to be completely finished with the orthodontist - almost all patients need to wear a retainer after they get their braces off to hold the teeth in their new positions. Many orthodontists now recommend wearing retainers for years, and sometimes indefinitely, to prevent teeth from slowly shifting out of place.
7. How should I care for teeth afterwards ?
Wait at least a month before any sort of bleaching or whitening treatment. This will give the newly exposed enamel time to become less sensitive.

Your teeth and gums will be a bit sensitive at first. Don't immediately rush out and binge on crunchy and chewy previously forbidden foods – ease into it.

Schedule a dental cleaning – there are likely areas that have been neglected over the past couple of months (although paying close attention to your oral hygiene will have helped with this).
8. Tips for dealing with your new retainer
It will be difficult to speak at first, with certain retainers, and you may have a lisp. If you practice speaking, reading aloud, or singing as much as you can, this should go away in a day or so. It may feel embarrassing, but it's the best way to get your mouth used to working around the plastic and wires.

You may also find yourself drooling or dealing with extra saliva at first. This is normal and will go away after the first day or two.

When taking your retainer out for a meal, do not leave it on a napkin! This is the most common way that retainers are lost because people accidentally throw them in the trash.