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Your orthodontist, Dr. Ponce, installed the braces in your mouth to adjust the alignment of your teeth through the course of regular adjustment sessions. Each adjustment applied progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. Now that your ideal alignment has been achieved, your orthodontist can remove your braces.

It’s important to note that there will still be some lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments. To prevent your teeth from relapsing out of alignment, your orthodontist will fit you for a retainer in Tucson, Arizona.

A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer that our orthodontist recommends. You should expect that you’ll need to use the retainer for about the same amount of time you wore braces. If any part of your retainer is bent or damaged, or if you fail to wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to use it.

You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. It’s good practice to keep the case with you rather than improvise by keeping it in a napkin or a plastic bag. To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water.

You should brush your Hawley retainer twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. This will freshen it and remove any residual plaque. If the retainer just needs some light refreshing throughout the day, you can soak it in a mixture of half antiseptic mouthwash and water.

If you have concerns about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer, you can always call Friendly Smiles Orthodontics at 520-326-1101 to ask a question.