Now that your routine braces adjustments have properly corrected the alignment of your teeth, the hardware can be removed from your mouth. Yet this is not the end of the process. Your teeth still have some residual tension lingering in the dental sockets from the adjustments. If it’s not countered in some way, it can cause your newly corrected smile to drift out of position.
To prevent this from happening and ensure that your teeth will hold in their new orientation, our dentist, Dr. Casey Warren, will fit you for a retainer at his Springville, Utah practice. There are several different types of retainers, the most common removable type is known as a Hawley.
This molded acrylic mouthpiece with interlocking wires will help hold your teeth in position while the residual tension gradually dissipates. If a specific area needed significant realignment, Dr. Casey Warren may cement a fixed metal band behind the teeth. This fixed retainer can’t be removed but will ensure these teeth maintain their position.
The specific times you need to use a removable retainer might change over time, depending on the progress we see during routine checkups. If your retainer is damaged or you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect that you’ll need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for braces to achieve your ideal smile.
If you are due to have your braces removed at Dr. Casey Warren’s Springville, Utah, practice and you have a question about retainers, please call 801-489-7878 for more information.