What Happens After My Braces Come Off?

After years of treatment, having your braces removed is a rewarding experience for both orthodontist and patient. It was a journey that transformed your smile, while also improving your overall dental health. You and Dr. Gorantla have met on a regular basis to adjust your braces and have developed a friendship. Now all the hard work has paid off with a beautiful new smile! However, taking care of this new smile doesn’t end with your braces coming off.

So what can you expect in your new life without braces?

Your teeth and gums will be a little tender after removing braces, so schedule a teeth cleaning after your mouth has had time to heal (within a month after braces came off). Due to the brackets and wires, there are some areas that haven’t been cleaned in quite some time despite your best efforts. If you haven’t been taking care of your teeth during treatment, there might even be some staining or discoloration. A tooth whitening treatment from your dentist can get your newly straightened teeth sparkling and shining again! You also shouldn’t start eating all those sticky sweets again just because your braces are off. You need to take extra care of the new smile your braces worked so hard to create by brushing and flossing on a regular basis.

You will also be required to wear a retainer after having your braces removed. Your retainer keeps your teeth from naturally moving back in position. It’s extremely important to wear your retainer as advised by Dr. Gorantla’s team. Depending on the treatment, a patient may have to wear a retainer for years or even indefinitely in order to keep their teeth from gradually shifting. For more information on retainers and what you can expect after braces removal, please contact the friendly staff of Smiles Orthodontic Specialists! Remember, we are always here to help answer any questions you may have!