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After Braces

Believe it or not, you may actually feel strange after your 3M™ braces are removed. You’ve had plenty of time to get used to them, and now your treatment is finished. Unroll the red carpet and show off your results!


Overcoming the strangeness of having your braces off can take about…two seconds. Your photo ops will show a gorgeous smile and the only adjustment you have here is to get ready for all the compliments.


Sometimes your teeth can feel sensitive as they get used to standing on their own after the braces are removed. This is natural, and will pass in a matter of days. As always, keep brushing your teeth regularly, and check with your orthodontist for maintenance advice specific to your treatment.

What's a Retainer?

You may need a retainer to make sure your teeth remember their new positions. Some are clear plastic retainers, some go only on the bottom or top teeth and some are permanent (meaning you do not have to take them out and put them in). You may wear a retainer for a few months or a couple years. Your orthodontist will recommend this option if needed during your treatment.


If you have great teeth you are more likely to:

  • Smile and act with more confidence and self-esteem
  • Attract people more easily in professional and social settings
  • Take good care of your teeth for life
  • Show off your smile more readily
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