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You made it! After months of checkups, cleaning, maintenance, and more, your braces are finally coming off. Chances are, by this point, you’ve adjusted to braces being a part of your life. They’re practically an extension of your very mouth.

So, what happens when they’re gone? What do you have to do?

While the hard part is over, you still have some responsibility on your end to make sure your teeth stay in their new position. But first, let’s answer the question that’s probably on your mind.

Does it Hurt to have them taken off?

The good news is, no, it doesn’t hurt to have your braces removed. It’s a pretty straightforward process that will be over before you know it. And once you see your newly aligned teeth, well, let’s just say it’s all going to be worth it.

The Retainer

No matter your situation, it’s almost a guarantee you will be wearing some form of a retainer after having your braces are removed. It might be removable retainer, which is removed for eating and cleaning or a bonded retainer, placed discretely behind your teeth.

There might be a minor adjustment period when you first put your retainer on. Don’t worry, this is completely normal and will pass soon enough.

The Food You Couldn’t Enjoy Before

Remember all those foods you’ve had to avoid the past year or two? The good news is you can have them again!

However, it’s important to know that, braces or not, things like taffy and other sugary candies aren’t good for your teeth period. Eat those at your own discretion.

Things such as corn on the cob, beef jerky, and even a little popcorn are fair game though. Enjoy.

Listening to Your Orthodontist

The most important thing to do in your post-braces life is to listen to your orthodontist. After all, they got you this far. Everyone’s situation can be unique, so they might have some specific tips and instructions for you.

By not listening, your teeth could get damaged and even return to their original state.