A Retainer Will Be Needed After Your Child’s Braces Have Been Removed

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Over the course of multiple braces adjustments, Dr. Duane Taylor has successfully realigned your son or daughter’s teeth. This will give them a better-functioning mouth and a winning smile that can serve them for a lifetime.

It’s worth noting that while their teeth have attained their ideal alignment, they still have not set firmly in their new positions. Without the use of a retainer, their teeth could gradually relapse out of position, reversing the benefits the braces provided.

Here at Affordable Dentistry and Orthodontics, your orthodontist can fit your son or daughter with one of the following retainer designs.

The most popular type of retainer is known as a Hawley. This is a thin, acrylic piece that is molded to match the roof of their mouth. It is removable yet securely attaches to the teeth with a set of sturdy wires.

Your orthodontist might recommend a clear, plastic retainer if their teeth only needed minor adjustment by braces. This is also a common type of retainer for people who have had their teeth realigned by Invisalign®.

Your orthodontist might recommend a fixed retainer if your son or daughter’s teeth needed a significant amount of adjustment from braces. This is a stiff metal band that is cemented behind their teeth with a strong dental adhesive. In some cases, your orthodontist might cement a fixed retainer behind the lower front teeth and then fit your child for a Hawley retainer for their upper teeth.

At first it might require their mouth to adapt to the retainer. This might result in a few days of excess salivation. In time, their mouth will adapt and the saliva production will return to normal.

If your child is due to have their braces removed and you have questions about retainers in Dallas, Texas, you can always call 214-330-7771 to schedule a consultation.