Now that Dr. Sandor and your braces have successfully adjusted your teeth into their ideal alignment, your braces can be removed. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there is still some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. After the braces are removed you will need to use one of three different types of retainer, to keep your teeth in their ideal alignment, until this residual tension subsides.
In general, you can expect to wear your retainer for about as long as you needed to wear braces.
There are essentially three different types of retainer that Dr. Sandor might recommend. Which one is right for you, depends on several different factors.
A Hawley retainer is basically a thin piece of acrylic molded to the shape of the roof of your mouth. It is removable yet securely attaches to your teeth with wires. A clear plastic retainer is usually only recommended if your teeth only required minor adjustment from braces.
A fixed retainer is called for if your teeth, particularly your front teeth, needed a significant amount of adjustment. A fixed retainer is usually a firm metal wire cemented behind your teeth.
When you first start using a retainer, it’s quite common for your mouth to produce a little more saliva. Once your mouth adapts to the chance, this problem should subside.
If you are due to have your braces removed and you have questions about getting a retainer, you can call Dr. Sandor at 732.462.8877 to schedule an appointment.