Through the course of multiple adjustment sessions at Friendly Smiles Orthodontics, your braces have finally brought your teeth into their ideal alignment. Yet there will still be some lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring each tooth in its individual socket. To prevent this from relapsing your teeth out of their ideal alignment, Dr. Ponce will need to fit you for some type of retainer.
The most common retainer is known as a Hawley retainer. This removable mouth piece is custom molded to the shape of your upper mouth. It will help hold your upper teeth in their ideal positions while the tension in your teeth abates.
If one area of your smile required significant realignment, Dr. Ponce might also advocate installing a fixed retainer. This is a strong metal band that is adjusted to the shape of your lower teeth. After adjusting it, she will cement it into place using a very strong dental adhesive. This is more common for lower front teeth.
Since the fixed retainer can’t be removed, it will need special focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. If you’re struggling to clean some of the contours of your teeth, you might want to try using an interdental brush to remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach places. A floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss can help insert the floss strand around the wire to help clean along the gumline of each tooth.
Your Hawley retainer also needs to be rinsed and lightly brushed each day. When you aren’t wearing it, you should keep the retainer in the case provided. Improvising with a napkin or a plastic bad increases the chances of losing or damaging it.
If you are due to have your braces removed and you have questions about retainers in Tucson, Arizona, you can always call 520-326-1101 to speak to a staff member at Friendly Smiles Orthodontics.