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Many people think the end of their orthodontic treatment is the end of their time caring for their smile. However, that’s extremely far from the truth. If anything, you should take more care of your smile so you can keep it in tip-top shape. You didn’t go through the alignment process for nothing, right? So, to help you care for your smile after orthodontic treatment, Dr. Richard Barnett and our orthodontic team have some helpful tips for you.

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. Richard Barnett 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’re interested in brightening your smile, it’s best to wait at least a month before you do so. Waiting will give the newly exposed enamel the chance to strengthen and become less sensitive.

If you wear your retainer, keep up on oral hygiene, and wait to whiten your smile, you’ll be on the right track toward maintaining the straight, beautiful, and pain-free chompers you deserve. For more information on how to care for your smile after you’ve had braces in Richfield, Utah, please call Barnett Orthodontics at 435-896-4930. We look forward to helping you!