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If you’re about to get your braces removed, good for you! You now have the straight and stunning smile you’ve always wanted. Now, before you remove your braces, Dr. Brett Gluck and our orthodontic team would like to make sure you know it’s still important to take good care of your smile. In fact, there are certain tips you should know that can help you keep your teeth, gums, and smile in tip-top shape.

Tip No. 1: Wear your retainer – Unfortunately, there is still tension in your periodontal ligaments after you remove your braces. This tempts your teeth to move out of place, which is why Dr. Brett Gluck gives you a retainer and encourages you to wear it regularly. So, make sure to follow the instructions and you will be able to keep your smile straight and beautiful.

Tip No. 2: Keep up on oral hygiene – Make sure to brush twice a day and floss and rinse once a day. But, more importantly, schedule a dental cleaning. This is vital because there are nooks and crannies in your smile that were neglected during the alignment process. The appointment will allow your dental team to thoroughly and deeply clean those spaces as well as your entire mouth.

Tip No. 3: Wait to whiten – If you wish to whiten your teeth to beautify your smile, it’s recommended to wait about one month before doing so. Waiting will give your sensitive enamel a chance to strengthen itself, which should help reduce sensitivity.

If you do these things, you’ll be on your way toward the straightest as well as the healthiest smile possible. To learn more, or to ask your orthodontist questions about how to care for your smile after braces in Alpharetta, Georgia, please call Quality Orthodontic Care at 770-664-6003. We are happy to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you!