Although having your teenager take care of his or her teeth while wearing braces is important, aftercare is just as crucial for lasting, effective results.

Adolescents often spend the better part of their teenage years wearing braces, and afterward, expect their results to be long lasting, as well as visible for the rest of their lives. What many don't realize, though, is how important it is to take care of their teeth when the braces are removed.

No, this doesn't mean for the first few weeks only, but really for the rest of their lives. Beginning and maintaining an effective teeth cleaning system should be a part of their regular routine in the morning and at night.

If teenagers don't take care of their teeth, they are subject to erasing the years they spent wearing braces, especially those who wore metal braces and require a retainer. 

Teenagers who are fitted with metal braces must return every few weeks to their orthodontist in order to have the wires tightened. This tightening pushes the teeth together or apart, depending on why the braces were fitted in the first place. 

When these braces are removed, as with others, wearing a retainer at night may be the only thing separating teens from having their teeth return to their previous appearance. If this happens, it can be even more costly to fix, may not be covered by insurance and can be painful, as the teeth are known to shift quickly if not kept in place.

After the braces are removed, be sure to stress the importance of maintaining a daily cleaning ritual, as well as flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. 

During your appointment with Dr. Tanya Vaysman of KidsBracesNYC, all of your teenager's options for braces and treatment will be discussed.