Now that Dr. Merissa Blais has successfully adjusted the alignment your teeth for a more functional mouth and appealing smile, the time has come to have your braces removed. However, it’s important to keep in mind that adjusting your teeth with braces was just the first phase of the realignment process. Once your braces are removed a retention phase is required to make sure your teeth will stay in their ideal alignment for many years to come.
After your braces have been removed there will still be some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your mouth. By wearing a retainer during the prescribed times, it will help to maintain the new alignment of your teeth, until the residual tension subsides.
There are three different types of retainer that Dr. Merissa Blais might fit you for.
A Hawley retainer is the most common. This is essentially a thin, tongue-shaped piece of acrylic, custom fit to the shape of your mouth. It’s removable, yet when you wear it, the retainer is held securely in place by a set of wires that interlock with a few of your teeth.
A clear plastic retainer is called for if you only wore braces for a short period of time and only required minor realignment. These retainers are made from a durable plastic material molded to your teeth in the new bite pattern. The casual observer can hardly notice you’re wearing it.
Fixed retainers are called for if your braces provided significant adjustment to the alignment of your teeth. A fixed retainer basically a strong wire that is cemented in place behind your teeth.
If you are due to have braces removed and you have questions about what type of retainer is right for you. You can call Dr. Merissa Blais at 914.472.9595 to schedule an appointment.