Each of your regularly scheduled braces adjustments at Blais Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic served an important purpose in correcting the alignment of your teeth. The progressive tension applied to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your gums moved your teeth in small increments.
Now that your ideal alignment has been achieved the braces components can be uninstalled from your mouth. Yet this is not the end of the process.
A slight amount of tension will still remain in the periodontal ligaments. If it isn’t mitigated by some form of retainer, the tension could cause their teeth to relapse out of their proper alignment.
A Hawley retainer is the most common option for preserving the alignment of corrected teeth. It is a thin piece of orthodontic acrylic designed to comfortably conform to the unique shape of your mouth. It will be secured in your mouth by a set of wires that lock onto specific teeth.
If you had several teeth that required significant correction, Dr. Merissa Blais might recommend installing a fixed retainer in the area. This is a rigid metal band that is cemented behind these specific teeth. They are often used in conjunction with a removable Hawley retainer on the upper teeth.
If you live in Scarsdale, New York, and you have questions about retainers, you can always call 914.472.9595 to speak to seek further insights from a staff member at Blais Orthodontics.