Now that your braces have repositioned your teeth for your ideal smile, they can be removed at Spilsbury Orthodontics. However, 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 dental socket. If it’s not counteracted 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. Dr. Darrell Spilsbury typically uses a removable Hawley retainer to hold the upper teeth. If your front teeth needed a significant amount of realignment, he might also recommend installing a fixed retainer. This is even more likely for lower front teeth.
This firm, metal band will be cemented behind the teeth with a powerful dental-grade adhesive. This will securely hold them in position. Since it cannot be removed, it will require special focus in your daily oral hygiene routine.
Interdental brushes have small, narrow heads that can help remove plaque and food residue from hard-to-reach places. You might then want to try using a floss threader that has been loaded with waxed dental floss when flossing beneath the fixed retainer.
An oral irrigator like Waterpik® can help clear away stuck-on food particles in the contours of teeth. Just keep in mind that oral irrigators cannot match the effectiveness of flossing for removing plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline.
If you have questions about fixed retainers in Henderson, Nevada, or general retainer hygiene, you can always call 702-434-0063 to speak to Dr. Darrell Spilsbury or a member of the orthodontic staff at our office.