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The day when your braces can be removed is finally drawing near. However, it’s important to understand that the adjustments provided by your braces were really just the first step in the alignment process.

Even after your Full Smile Orthodontics orthodontist removes the braces, there will still be a little residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in the sockets. If left untreated, this tension will slowly pull your teeth out of their ideal alignment.

Using a retainer helps hold your teeth in their new alignment while the periodontal ligaments gradually ease and accept the new position of your teeth. We will fit you for a retainer immediately after your braces are removed to help your teeth remain in place.

Generally, most people need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time as they had braces. If you don’t wear your retainer during the prescribed times, or if it is damaged, the amount of time you need to wear your retainer might be increased. However, depending on how your teeth and periodontal ligaments respond, your orthodontist, Dr. Daniel Adams, might reduce the amount of time you need to wear a retainer each day.

When you first start wearing a retainer, your mouth could produce more saliva for a few days. This is normal and your mouth will adapt after awhile.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have questions about retainers in Carlsbad, California, you can call Full Smile Orthodontics at 760.804.0080 and talk to a member of our team.