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After your braces have been removed at Phan Orthodontics, there will still be some residual tension lingering in your periodontal ligaments. If it’s not counteracted, it could cause your teeth to relapse out of their new alignment, thus negating the benefits of your braces.

Here at Phan Orthodontics, Dr. Derick Phan will often fit you for a removable Hawley retainer. This will help hold your upper teeth in their ideal positions while the tension in your teeth abates.

If your lower teeth needed significant realignment, your orthodontist might also advocate installing an additional fixed retainer. This is a strong metal band that is adjusted to the shape of your lower teeth. After adjusting it, he will cement it in place using a very strong dental adhesive.

Since it cannot be removed, the fixed retainer 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 interdental brushes to remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach places. A floss threader with waxed dental floss can also help you floss the teeth and gumline below the fixed retainer.

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.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have questions about retainers in San Jose, California, you can always call 408.251.7901 to speak to someone at Phan Orthodontics.