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The time has come for your braces to be removed and you are excited! You’re ready to show the world your new, straight smile. You are also looking forward to having a healthier smile. You may be wondering, however, what comes after braces.

In most cases, our dentist will recommend a retainer after braces or aligner treatment. As the name suggests, a retainer is used to retain the new position of the teeth while the bones and ligaments of the jaw retighten and stabilize. If a retainer is not worn as recommended, the teeth can shift out of alignment.

Types of Retainers

The two main types of retainers are removable and fixed. You can easily take removable retainers out when you eat or brush and floss your teeth. Removable retainers are usually worn for at least a year after braces are removed. Hawley retainers are the most common type of removable retainer. They are custom made and are kept in place by a wire that wraps around the teeth. A more aesthetic type of removable retainer is made from clear plastic that is nearly invisible. Fixed retainers are cemented to the backs of the teeth and are generally worn for several years.

Retainer Care

Carry your retainer case with you and always use it when you’re not wearing your retainer. This can help you to avoid losing your retainer. To clean removable retainers, soak them in denture-cleaning tablets or in vinegar and water. If you wear a fixed retainer, going to your regular checkups allows your dentist to check for cavities and to make sure that the areas around your retainer are clear of tartar and plaque.

We welcome you to contact Ricci Orthodontics at 678-417-9848 today to learn more about retainers in Johns Creek, Georgia, and to schedule your next visit with Dr. Steven Ricci.