Each of your braces adjustments with Dr. Constance Brown gradually tightened your braces to correct alignment of your teeth. Once this is done, Dr. Constance Brown can remove the orthodontic hardware from your mouth. Yet this is not the end of the process.
There will still be a modest amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that hold each of your teeth in its socket. If it’s not countered in some way, this tension could cause your teeth to relapse out of their new position.
To prevent this from happening, Dr. Constance Brown will fit you for a removable retainer. This can be done immediately after your braces have been removed. The most common type is known as a Hawley retainer.
This is a special dental appliance made from a special dental acrylic. It includes wires that lock the retainer in place with specific teeth.
If one area needed significant correction Dr. Constance Brown might recommend cementing a metal fixed retainer behind the teeth. This sturdy metal band cannot be removed and will need extra focus in your daily oral hygiene routine.
You will need to use your removable retainer for a specific amount of time each day. As the residual tension in the periodontal ligaments gradually dissipates, Dr. Constance Brown might alter the times you need to use your retainer.
If you are due to have your braces removed at Dr. Constance Brown’s Vancouver, Washington, clinic and you have a question, you can always call 360-256-7220 to speak to someone at Brown Orthodontics.