3M uses cookies on this site. This site and 3M selected service providers place cookies, containing text files, on your computer to recognize your computer and:

  • personalize your experience on 3M websites
  • show you ads tailored to your interests
  • collect anonymous statistical information to enhance site functionality and performance.

Learn the benefits of accepting these cookies

You can change your cookie settings at any time by clicking on the Cookie Preferences link at the bottom of the page.

Some opt-outs may fail due to your browser's cookie settings. If you would like to set opt-out preferences using this tool, you must allow third party cookies in your browser settings.

By clicking Accept and Proceed, you confirm your understanding and agreement for cookie settings as indicated on the left.

Accept and Proceed

Skip to Primary Navigation Skip to Site Navigation Skip to Main Content All 3M.com Site Map

3M Unitek Patients

Teens
Parents
Adults
You + 3M Unitek
News
Customer Care
3M Unitek Patients EU Teens TheTreatment Aftercare

HAPPY ENDING!

The treatment


End of treatment and aftercare

Happy Endind

Nearly through: The last steps to a happy ending!

If your teeth are positioned right and you no longer need braces, your orthodontist takes the glued-on braces off. This is easy to do and doesn't hurt at all. Then various polishers will take care of the last traces of glue left on your teeth. No fear: This doesn't hurt either. Following this, you can't spot the brackets!

Straight teeth – end of treatment?

Nearly: To stop your teeth from moving back to their old place (which may happen), your orthodontist may sometimes give you a retainer that you wear like braces. But don't be afraid, if it is a fixed retainer it will be fixed on the tongue side of your teeth, so nobody will see it. How long you need to wear this retainer varies. Your orthodontist can tell you.

Our tip:

If you think again that your braces aren't cool, just remember how great your teeth will look later.

Let's present: the retainer

A retainer looks like removable braces and is much less noticeable than things like metal braces. Retainers vary, for example you can get them as positioners, deep drawing splints or as lingual retainers fixed to teeth. Your orthodontist will tell you what retainer to use.

Find an orthodontist

Testimonial

Success story with braces