The process of realigning your teeth with braces required a series of consistently timed adjustment sessions. Each of these appointments at Dr. Trace M. Lund’s orthodontic clinic helped to gradually move your teeth into their ideal position.
Now that this has been achieved Dr. Trace M. Lund can remove the orthodontic hardware from your mouth. However, you will still need to use a retainer for a short time to help ensure your teeth do not relapse out of their new position.
A standard Hawley retainer is often sufficient for maintaining the alignment and orientation of the upper teeth. It is a removable mouthpiece made from a durable acrylic material and interlocking wires.
If he feels it is warranted Dr. Trace M. Lund might recommend installing a fixed retainer for teeth that needed significant correction. This is more common with lower front teeth, or if braces were needed to correct a significant underbite.
This is a static metal band that Dr. Trace M. Lund cements behind each of the teeth in that area. Since it cannot be removed the fixed retainer will require extra attention in your daily oral hygiene routine.
If you find that you are having a hard time cleaning around the fixed retainer, you might want to try using an interdental brush or a water flosser. These oral hygiene tools can help clean the small contours around the metal band and your teeth.
Using waxed dental floss with a floss threader might also be helpful for inserting a strand of dental floss under the fixed retainer to help clean food particles and plaque from the gumline.
If you had braces installed in your mouth to correct the alignment of your teeth at Dr. Trace M. Lund’s orthodontic clinic in Price, Utah, and you have a question about retainers, you can call 435.637.9590 to speak to one of the orthodontic specialists at Price Pediatric Dentistry.