Now that your braces have realigned your teeth into their ideal orientation, they can be removed at Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics. Yet, this is not the end of the process. There will still be a modest amount of tension lingering in the periodontal ligaments that hold each tooth in its socket in your gums. If the tension is not mitigated in some way, it could easily cause your teeth to relapse out of alignment.
The easiest method to prevent this from happening is to fit you for a retainer. This can be done immediately after your braces have been removed. In most cases, Dr. Maynard Davenport recommends a removable Hawley retainer.
Wearing it during the prescribed times can help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment and it can minimize the total amount of time that you need to use a retainer. The specific times you need to wear the retainer might change over time, depending on the how quickly the tension in the sockets diminishes. Your orthodontist will note this during your routine checkups.
Failure to wear your retainer at the necessary times or any damage to the unit will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to completely realign your teeth.
You can expect your mouth to produce a little extra saliva for the first day or two. This is a natural response to the mouth piece. Over the course of the next few days, your mouth will adapt and things should return to normal.
If you are due to have your braces removed soon and you have questions about retainers in Lakeside, Arizona, you can always call 928-367-2939 to consult with our team at Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics.