Your braces were installed in your mouth by our orthodontists, Dr. Alexander, Dr. Bartlett, and Dr. Misner, to reposition your teeth. To do this, they applied progressive tension to the hardware at your routine adjustment sessions. This effectively stretched the periodontal ligaments that anchor each one of your teeth in its specific socket.
After your teeth have reached their ideal alignment, our orthodontists can remove your braces so you can have a better-functioning mouth and a winning smile. At the same time, there will still be some minor tension remaining in the periodontal ligaments. If it’s not counteracted in some way, this could cause your teeth to relapse their positions in your mouth.
The most effective method for preventing this is to have our orthodontists fit you for a retainer. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth keep their ideal alignment as the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually abates.
It is normal for the mouth to produce more saliva for a few days produce more saliva for a few days after you start using a retainer. In a few days, your mouth will likely adapt and normalize.
Dr. orthodontists might change your retainer instructions based on the progress of your teeth. If your retainer becomes damaged or if you fail to use it as prescribed, it will likely increase the total amount of time you need to use it. In most cases, the retainer is needed for about the same amount of time it took for your braces to completely realign your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about retainers in Queensbury, New York, you can always call 518-793-8511 to speak to someone at Bartlett & Alexander Orthodontics.