Your braces were installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Daniel Adams, to reposition your teeth. As the teeth moved, the periodontal ligaments that anchor each one of your teeth in its specific socket were stretched.
Once your teeth have attained their ideal alignment, Dr. Daniel Adams can remove the braces so you can enjoy a better-functioning mouth and a stunning smile. It is important to note that 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. Daniel Adams 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. Daniel Adams might change the instructions about wearing the retainer based on the progress of your teeth.
If your retainer becomes bent or otherwise 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. For most individuals, a retainer is recommended for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to completely realign the teeth.
If you are due to have your braces removed soon and you have questions about retainers in Carlsbad, California, you can always call 760.804.0080 to speak to someone at Full Smile Orthodontics. Our orthodontist and team are thrilled to help you attain and keep a straight, healthy, attractive smile!