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Many people believe their smile is perfect when they complete orthodontic treatment in Irvine, California. However, even though it appears perfect, it’s not quite there yet. In fact, you need to do all you can to take good care of your teeth and gums so you can have the best orthodontic and oral health results possible. To help you know how to care for your smile after braces, Dr. Don Niu and our 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. Don Niu 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 – As you may already know, it’s extremely important to brush every morning and every night, floss every night, and rinse daily. But, more importantly, you need to schedule a dental cleaning with your dentist after your braces have been removed. It is highly likely that there are crevices and spaces in your mouth that were neglected while you straightened your teeth. If you get a professional dental cleaning, those areas will be cleaned and your smile will be free from the threats of tooth decay, gum disease and other dental issues.

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 strong, healthy, beautiful and comfortable smile you’ve been working toward. Finally, right?

For more information, details and tips on how to keep your smile in tip-top shape, please don’t be afraid to call Irvine Dental Group at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 877-396-6899 and our team will be more than happy to help you!