Through the course of multiple adjustment sessions at True Smile Orthodontics, your braces have pulled your teeth into their ideal alignment. This was accomplished by applying progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that secure each of your teeth into its individual socket.
Once all of the braces hardware has been removed, there will still be some latent tension remaining in the periodontal ligaments. If it’s not counteracted in some way, it could cause multiple teeth to relapse out of their ideal alignment.
The most effective method for preventing this is to fit you for a retainer. Dr. Chris Trockel will start the process immediately after your braces have been removed. The most common type is known as a Hawley retainer, named for its inventor Dr. Charles Hawley.
If one or both sets of your front teeth needed significant realignment, Dr. Chris Trockel might cement a sturdy metal band, which is called a fixed retainer, behind the teeth.
You will need to wear the retainer for a specific amount of time each day. As the residual tension in the periodontal ligaments gradually abates, Dr. Chris Trockel might adjust the time you need to use the retainer.
At first, you might find that your mouth is excessively salivating. After a few days, your mouth should adapt to the retainer and things will return to normal.
If you have questions about retainers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, you can always call 918-364-2222 to speak to someone at True Smile Orthodontics.