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Now that your braces have effectively realigned your teeth, you can have them removed at Spilsbury Orthodontics. Yet it’s important to note that even after the orthodontic hardware has been removed, there will still be some latent tension remaining in the periodontal ligaments. Without counteracting it by some means, your teeth could fall out of alignment in a process known as relapse.

To prevent this from happening, Dr. Darrell Spilsbury will fit you for a retainer immediately after your braces have been removed. The most common type is known as a Hawley, which is named after its inventor, Dr. Charles Hawley.

If one or both sets of your front teeth needed significant realignment, your orthodontist might also cement a metal fixed retainer behind the teeth. This sturdy metal band cannot be removed and will need extra focus in your daily oral hygiene routine.

You will need to wear your removable retainer for a specific amount of time each day. As the residual tension in the periodontal ligaments gradually abates, your orthodontist might adjust the time that you need to use the retainer.

At first, you might find that your mouth is excessively salivating. It should take a few days for your mouth to adapt to the new retainer and things will return to normal.

If you have questions about retainers in Henderson, Nevada, you can always call 702-434-0063 to speak to one our team at Spilsbury Orthodontics.