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Through the course of your regular adjustment sessions with Dr. Daniel Adams, your teeth have finally achieved their ideal alignment. While it’s surely an exciting time to be able to enjoy your healthier mouth and appealing smile, your teeth will still need help maintaining their new positions.

There will still be some residual tension lingering in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. This tension could potentially pull your teeth out of their new positions. To prevent this from happening, your orthodontist will fit you for a retainer. This is usually done immediately after your braces have been removed.

There are a few different types of retainers available. The most common type is known as a Hawley retainer, which is named after its inventor, Dr. Charles Hawley. If your orthodontist feels you are a candidate for another style of retainer he will discuss your options with you.

You will need to wear the retainer for a specific amount of time each day. As the residual tension in the periodontal ligaments starts to subside, Dr. Daniel Adams might adjust the time that you need to use the retainer. In most cases, you will need to use a retainer for the same amount of time it took to realign your teeth with braces.

When you first start wearing a retainer, you might salivate abnormally. In time, your mouth should adapt to the retainer and things should return to normal.

If you have a question about retainers in Carlsbad, California, you can call Full Smile Orthodontics at 760.804.0080 and talk to a member of our team.