After wearing braces, you look forward to having them removed — and seeing your beautifully straight teeth. Braces are easily removed by the dentist and it is a painless procedure. However, removing the braces is only the beginning of phase two in maintaining your perfectly aligned teeth and confident smile. Follow-up care includes:
• Wearing a retainer
• Rinsing with a fluoride solution
• Possible tooth whitening
Once the braces are removed a retainer must be worn to keep your teeth from moving and these devices can be removable or permanently fixed in an inconspicuous location in the mouth.