After Braces Care
Maintaining your beautiful new smile after braces also involves following your orthodontist's instructions. Newly straightened teeth often require a retainer to stabilize. Retainers are custom-made appliances constructed of plastic or metal wire to keep your teeth in place. These retainers might be removable or permanently fixed to the back of teeth. Often, you need to wear your retainer full-time for up to six months to ensure your teeth remain straight for years to come.
In addition to wearing your retainer, maintain a proper oral hygiene routine. Removing your braces makes it easier to brush all the surfaces of your teeth twice a day for two minutes and clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental device. Also, don't forget regular visits to the dental office to check on your oral health!
Life with braces required months of dedication on your journey to a beautiful smile. Work with your orthodontist or dental professional to determine which additional procedures will help achieve the smile you deserve and the confidence that comes along with it.