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Have your son or daughter’s teeth been successfully realigned? If so, it’s time to celebrate!

But remember, it’s not quite the end! Each one of your child’s teeth is held in place by a series of strong periodontal ligaments. After the braces are removed, there will be some residual tension there, leftover from the tightening.

Without some kind of prevention, this may mean their teeth will gradually relapse out of orientation. To prevent this from occurring, Dr. Maynard Davenport will fit your child for one of three kinds of retainers.

Hawley-style retainers are the most common. These are thin pieces of acrylic that are custom-shaped to fit the upper portion of the mouth. They are locked in by a set of wires which connect to specific teeth.

A clear plastic retainer may be called for if your child only needed a minor realignment. This kind of retainer is difficult for the casual observer to see.

If there was one area that needed particular correction, Dr. Maynard Davenport might recommend installing a fixed retainer. This happens more frequently for lower-front teeth. A fixed retainer is a strong metal band that Dr. Maynard Davenport can cement behind the teeth with special dental glue. It might be used in conjunction with removable Hawley retainer on the upper teeth. Since it cannot be removed, the fixed retainer will need special focus in their daily oral hygiene routine.

If you or your child have a retainer-related question, you can call 928-367-2939 to speak with a staff member at Maynard V Davenport Orthodontics.