Your child’s braces have played a critical role in correcting the alignment of their teeth. Each of their adjustment sessions at Dr. Casey Johnson’s Glenwood Springs, Colorado, orthodontic clinic has applied progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring their teeth. Once their alignment issues have been fully corrected, Dr. Casey Johnson can remove the braces from their mouth.
This marks the end of the realignment process and the start of the retention phase. Without the use of a retainer, any residual tension in their periodontal ligaments could make their teeth relapse out of their new position.
Hawley retainers are the most common solution to prevent relapse from occurring. This is a small mouthpiece made from a special dental acrylic. It is fitted with wires that lock onto specific teeth. Your child will need to wear the retainer in their mouth for a specified amount of time each day.
If their retainer is damaged or they fail to wear it consistently, it could significantly increase the duration of the retention phase. With full compliance, you should expect the retention phase to last the same amount of time it took for their braces to realign their teeth. Once the residual tension in their dental sockets fades, your son or daughter will be able to enjoy their new smile for many years to come.
If your child had braces installed at our orthodontic clinic and you have retainer questions, you can always call 970-928-9500 to speak to a staff member at All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics.