You Will Need to Use a Retainer After Your Orthodontic Braces Have Been Removed

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Traditional orthodontic braces are often the most effective solution for correcting modest to significant alignment problems with your teeth. They use metal brackets that are cemented onto the faces of your teeth and incorporate with wires, bands, and other orthodontic components. You will then need to return to Dr. Steven Alexander’s orthodontic clinic for routine adjustments. Each of these appointments will tighten the orthodontic components to affect the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in place.

As time goes on these adjustments will eventually fully correct the alignment of your teeth. Once this is done Dr. Steven Alexander can remove the braces components. Yet this is not the end of the process. There will still be some residual tension lingering in your dental sockets. If it’s not addressed in some way, it could cause your teeth to once again drift out of their ideal position.

You will need to use an orthodontic retainer for a modest amount of time to ensure your teeth remain in their new alignment. This calls for Dr. Steven Alexander to provide you with some form or retainer. A Hawley retainer is the most common. It’s essentially a custom shaped piece of acrylic that fits into the upper portion of the mouth. It is removable, yet when worn in your mouth it is firmly held in place by a set of wires that lock onto specific teeth.

If one area was significantly misaligned, Dr. Steven Alexander might recommend installing a fixed retainer behind the corresponding teeth. It is a rigid metal band that he cements in place to firmly hold the teeth in place. If you live in the Queensbury, New York, and you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, you should call 518-793-8511 to schedule a braces consult at Alexander Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic.