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Over the course of the last several months, your braces have realigned your teeth to achieve your ideal smile. However, there are still aspects of the process that need to be addressed to make sure that your teeth stay in their new positions for a long time.

There is still some lingering tension in your roots and periodontal ligaments. If it isn’t mitigated in some way, this residual tension can slowly start to pull your teeth out of their ideal alignment. To avoid this, Dr. Christopher Liang will fit you for a retainer immediately after your braces have been removed.

There are three different types of retainers your Straight Smile orthodontist might recommend.

— A Hawley-style retainer is the most common. This is basically a thin piece of acrylic that is molded to the shape of the roof of your mouth. It is removable but wires securely lock it into place.

— Our orthodontist might recommend a clear, plastic retainer if your teeth only needed minor adjustment. The clear, plastic material makes it hard for people to notice the aligners are even in place.

— A fixed retainer might be required if your front teeth needed a significant amount of adjustment. This is a firm metal wire cemented behind your teeth.

You should expect to experience increased salivation for the first few days after you start wearing a retainer. After a while your mouth will adapt to the retainer and things should return to normal.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have questions about the types of retainers in College Park, Maryland, you can call Straight Smile at 301-841-9348 for assistance from our experienced staff.