Now that our orthodontist has adjusted and realigned your teeth using the braces he installed, your mouth functions better and can be removed. In order to best preserve your new smile, we can use a retainer to counteract the residual tension from the ligaments anchoring your teeth.
The retention phase of orthodontics care is incredibly important to keeping the straight smile you now enjoy. A custom retainer will combat the pull from the periodontal ligaments trying to move the teeth back to where they were. You will have to use the retainer until the tension subsides.
The orthodontist might change the duration and times of day you need to wear the retainer depending on the how the ligaments respond. In general, most people need to use a retainer for as long as they needed to wear braces.
For the first few days after you start wearing a retainer, your mouth might salivate more. This is natural and to be expected. After a while your mouth will adapt and your saliva production will return to normal.
If your braces are about to be removed, and you have questions about retainers, you can call All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics’s office in Glenwood Springs, Colorado at 970-928-9500 for a consultation with Drs. Casey Johnson.