Relocating for a job before completion of treatment

Hi. I am in the last stages of my orthodontic treatment and am scheduled to get my braces removed in February. However, I have just accepted a job offer that is out-of-state and my start date is January, so I’ll be relocating there soon. How likely is it that I can remove my braces early? If unlikely, how much would it be to find an orthodontist in my new location to solely take off my braces, and would I get any sort of refund from my original ortho? Thanks.

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Answer: Removing braces early

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Removing your braces a few weeks early is a conversation you need to have with the treating orthodontist.  If you are happy with the results, the orthodontist may agree to remove your braces early if you are diligent with wearing your retainers.  It is usually better to have your current orthodontist complete your treatment.  You will be able to find a dentist to remove your brackets once you are settled, however, you more than likely will incur additional charges and you will only receive a small refund for your retainers if you have already paid for them.  You will need to see your orthodontist at least two more times prior to your move if you plan on having the brackets removed and retainers fabricated.  Call your orthodontist and ask to speak with a dental assistant who works with the orthodontist on your treatment goals.  They can schedule a consultation time for you to speak with the orthodontist and discuss your concerns, move date, and the remainder of your treatment.  

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