Your braces were installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Merissa Blais, to reposition your teeth. To do this, she 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.
Once your teeth have attained their ideal alignment, Dr. Merissa Blais can remove the braces so you can enjoy 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 Dr. Merissa Blais fit you for a retainer. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment as the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually abates.
Your mouth might produce more saliva for a few days after you start using a retainer. This is to be expected. In a few days, your mouth will likely adapt and normalize.
Dr. Merissa Blais might change the instructions about wearing the retainer based on the progress of your teeth.
If your retainer is damaged or if you fail to use it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total amount of time you need to use it. Most people need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to completely realign their teeth.
If you are due to have your braces removed soon and you have questions about retainers in Scarsdale, New York, you can always call 914.472.9595 to speak to someone at Blais Orthodontics.