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Through the course of your routine adjustment sessions with your Blais Orthodontics orthodontist, your teeth were aligned to achieve your ideal smile. Once the treatment is completed, your braces can be removed. However, there is still a modest amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth in the sockets. To keep this from relapsing the alignment of your teeth, Dr. Merissa Blais will need to fit you for a retainer in Scarsdale, New York.

This can be done immediately after your braces have been removed. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides.

The times you need to wear a retainer might change over time, depending on the how quickly the tension abates. At the same time, if your retainer is damaged or if you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect to use a retainer for about the same amount of time you wore your braces.

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.

If your braces are about to be removed and you have questions about retainers, you can always call Blais Orthodontics at 914.472.9595 to ask a question.