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Taking Care Of Teeth After Braces

January 24, 2023

Being a member of the braces club is less than appealing, probably a club you’d rather not be a member of. However, if you are a member of the dental braces community getting ready to experience your newfound freedom of a braces-free life, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we'll give tips on taking care of teeth after braces.

We’re going to show you the proper care techniques and teeth whitening practices, and how long you should wear a retainer after braces—tips that will leave you with a smile you’ll be thanking your braces for.


Teeth whitening is a common request for those who have just had their braces removed. Who wouldn’t want their teeth to look as good as they feel? We’re here to show you two whitening practices that can improve the appearance of your teeth.

Whitening toothpaste can help improve the appearance of your teeth slowly. These kinds of toothpaste are designed to help remove surface stains on your teeth in the comfort of your own home, whereas teeth whitening or bleaching help draw stains out from inside the tooth. Done by your dentist in-office, this procedure often produces much faster results.


If you’re like most, you may be a little surprised to know that you have to wear a retainer after just having braces. Having a retainer that molds to your straight teeth will allow the teeth to remain straight for years to come.

When your dentist removes your braces, he or she will recommend that you wear your retainer consistently, day and night, for a couple of months. This practice will keep the teeth in place, adjusting to life without braces.

Good to know: Retainers are either fixed or removable, so before your braces come off, speak with your dentist about retainer options.

If you have a removable retainer, it’s essential to wear your retainer every night consistently after the months of wearing it night and day. You want those pearly whites to stay straight don’t you?


When the braces come off, the real work begins. Your teeth are going to need a little TLC to keep them straight, healthy, and clean. Like most dental hygiene practices, after your braces come off it’s important to follow these care practices:

  • Brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Floss every tooth.
  • Clean your retainer every day before bed.
  • Mouthwash is optional, but a good practice if your teeth need a little extra protection.

Doing these small but impactful practices will create good habits for the future. An important tip when it comes to your retainer? Always carry with you a case for it, to ensure it never gets lost or dirty.

Life without braces should be exciting and a new adventure with a new smile. With safe dental practices, regular care with your dentist every six months, whitening tips and retainer care, you can enjoy life with your braces-free smile.

If you’re ready for a life with aligners that don’t entail wires or brackets, look no further thanNewSmile™ invisible aligners. Our teeth-straightening aligners are going to be all you talk about and don’t see. Choose NewSmile invisible aligners today and see why we believe you should feel your best on the straight teeth journey.

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