Congratulations! You’ve completed your journey with braces, and it’s time to embrace a new chapter with a beautiful, healthy smile. At OG Ortho in Reno, NV, we understand that the transition from braces to life without them brings about a mix of excitement and questions. We’ve put together this guide to give you a clear understanding of what to expect post-braces and how to maintain the results you’ve worked hard to achieve.

Consistently Wearing Your Retainer Maintains Your Perfect Smile

Wearing your retainer consistently after getting your braces off is crucial to maintaining your new smile. The purpose of a retainer is to ensure that your teeth remain in their new positions. After your braces are removed, it’s natural for teeth to attempt to shift back to their original placement, a process known as relapse. To prevent this, retainers are essential.

Caring for Your Retainers

Proper care is essential to maintain oral hygiene and the longevity of the retainer itself.

  • Cleaning: To clean your retainers, DO NOT use toothpaste, it is abrasive and will damage them. Instead, brush your retainers with cool water (hot water can warp the plastic) before and after you wear them. If a more thorough cleanse is necessary, soak them in a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water for up to 15 minutes.
  • Storage: Keep your retainers away from pets. Always store them in their case when they are out of your mouth. Never wrap them in a paper towel/Kleenex or put them on a food tray, you or someone else may accidentally throw them in the trash.
  • Check-ups: Regular visits to OG Ortho will ensure that your retainer is functioning correctly and your teeth remain aligned.

Life Without Braces: Adjustments and Expectations

Adjusting to life without braces might take a bit of time. Initially, your teeth may feel different, and you might experience some sensitivity. This is normal and will gradually subside.

  • Oral Hygiene: Without braces, cleaning your teeth becomes more straightforward. Ensure you brush twice a day, floss daily, and continue with regular dental check-ups.
  • Diet: With no braces, you can enjoy foods that were off-limits before. However, maintaining a balanced diet is still important for overall oral health.
  • Confidence: One of the most significant changes you’ll experience is an increase in confidence. With your new smile, you might find yourself smiling more often and feeling more self-assured.

Have Questions About Braces? Contact OG Ortho in Reno, NV

At OG Ortho in Reno, NV, we are committed to providing you with comprehensive care, even after your braces come off. Remember, the post-braces phase is crucial for maintaining your perfect smile. With the right care for your retainers and continued attention to oral hygiene, you can enjoy the results of your orthodontic treatment for years to come. If you have any questions or need further assistance, our team is here to help. Welcome to your new smile and the confidence that comes with it!

Interested in starting your journey to a perfect smile? Schedule a consultation with us to explore your options!


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Monday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 7:00am – 3:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday 7:00am – 3:30pm
Fri, Sat, Sun Closed


505 Hammill Ln
Reno, NV 89511

With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a treatment plan to achieve your dream smile

With a highly trained, professional staff

We will develop a
treatment plan to
achieve your dream smile