Dentists usually charge between $60 and $250 to remove braces. After removing braces, the dentist issues the patient a retainer to ensure that teeth stay in place. The cost of a retainer generally ranges from $500 to $800 depending on the type.
The process of removing braces is generally faster and simpler than the process of placing braces. The dentist takes hold of each bracket with a pair of pliers and pulls it free of the tooth. He can usually remove the brackets in a single piece, but some may need to be broken or cut to allow him to remove them completely.