The braces installed onto your teeth by your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang, have gradually altered the positions and alignment of your teeth to give you a better functioning mouth and a more appealing smile. This is done by gradually applying progressive tension to the braces hardware during your routine adjustment sessions.
Even after your braces have been removed, there is still a modest amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth in the sockets. To keep this from relapsing the alignment of your teeth, we will need to fit you for a retainer.
This can be done immediately after your braces have been removed. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides.
You will need to use your retainer during the times Dr. Christopher Liang prescribes. This might change over time, depending on how quickly the tension in the periodontal ligaments abates. At the same time, if your retainer is damaged or if you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for braces to completely realign your teeth.
You might find that you salivate more during the first few days of using a retainer. This should slowly subside over time.
If your braces are about to be removed and you have questions about retainers in College Park, Maryland, you can always call 301-841-9348 to talk to a member of our Straight Smile team.