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Through the course of multiple adjustments, Dr. Steven Ricci has moved your teeth into their ideal alignment. With this stage complete, he can now remove your braces and allow you to enjoy your new, natural smile. Yet it’s also important to note that there will still be a little residual tension in your dental sockets. If it’s not mitigated, this could cause your teeth to gradually relapse out of their new positions.

To prevent this from happening, your orthodontist will fit you for a retainer. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment as the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually abates.

At first, you should expect your mouth to produce more saliva for a few days. This is to be expected and over the course of a few days your mouth will likely adapt and normalize.

As time goes by, Dr. Steven Ricci might change the instructions based on the progress your teeth show.

It’s also important to note that if your retainer is damaged or if you fail to use it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total amount of time you need it. With full compliance, you should expect to use the retainer for about the same amount of time it took for your braces to effectively realign your teeth.

If you are due to have your braces removed soon and you have questions about retainers in Johns Creek, Georgia, you can always call 678-417-9848 to speak to someone at Ricci Orthodontics.