Caring for Your Teeth After Braces

Caring for Your Teeth After Braces

It's finally here: The day your braces are coming off! This is an exciting day both for patients and their orthodontists, too. Here's what to do after your braces come off to keep your new smile straight and healthy.

The braces removal process doesn't take long. Your orthodontist will carefully remove the braces, as well as any bonding cement that remains.

At Coquitlam Family Orthodontics, we get just about as excited when this day comes as our patients do! We just love seeing the final outcome of the previous months or even years of treatment. Best of all, we love seeing our patients’ faces light up when they see their straight new smiles unobstructed for the first time!

But Now that the braces are  off, that straight new smile must be maintained. There are multiple elements to this, including the following:


You’ll have to wear a retainer either full time or part time for about a year after your braces come off, and then intermittently thereafter. The retainer allows your teeth to settle firmly into their new positions. If you don’t wear your retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist, there may be a risk that your teeth will shift and become misaligned again.

Regular Dental Check Ups

Going to the dentist regularly is the key to maintaining a healthy smile. After your orthodontic treatment is complete, you’ll have to continue seeing your dentist at least twice a year as you normally would, and visiting your orthodontist on a regular basis too. That way, we can monitor your smile and make sure excellent results are maintained.

Good Oral Hygiene

To keep your new, straight smile healthy after treatment, maintain the rigorous oral hygiene routine you got into while you were wearing braces! You don’t have to spend all the additional time cleaning the braces themselves of coruse, but the habits your developed of being extra thorough when you had your braces should continue now.


After orthodontic treatment, many of our patients notice a slight difference in the colour of their teeth in general, and the places where their brackets were attached. For this reason, they often choose to even out the colour and add the finishing touch to their new smiles by having their teeth whitened.

If you have any questions about how to care for your teeth after your orthodontic treatment is complete, contact Ridge Meadows Orthodontics today!

Book your first orthodontic consultation today at myOrthodontist Maple Ridge.