Now that Dr. Daniel Adams and your braces have successfully adjusted your teeth into their ideal alignment, your braces can be removed. However, it’s important to keep in mind that there is still some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. After the braces are removed you will need to use one of three different types of retainer, to keep your teeth in their ideal alignment, until this residual tension subsides.
In general, you can expect to wear your retainer for about as long as you needed to wear braces.
There are essentially three different types of retainer that Dr. Daniel Adams might recommend. Which one is right for you, depends on several different factors.
A Hawley-style retainer is the most common type of retainer that Dr. Daniel Adams fits for patients. This is essentially a thin, tongue-shaped piece of acrylic, custom fit to the shape of your mouth. It’s anchored in place by a set of wires that interlock with specific teeth in your mouth.
A clear plastic retainer might be called for if you only needed braces for a short period of time and only required minor realignment. They are very similar to clean plastic aligners used by Invisalign.
A Fixed retainer is called for if you needed to wear braces for a significant amount of adjustment. This is even more likely if you had significant alignment issues in your lower teeth. This style of retainer is a durable wire retainer that is cemented in place behind your teeth.
If you are about to have your braces removed, and you have questions about what type of retainer is right for you, please call Dr. Daniel Adams at 760.804.0080 to schedule an appointment.