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Once your braces have brought your teeth into their ideal alignment, they can be removed. However, you will still need to use a retainer for a while, while your teeth settle into their new position.

If your lower, front teeth were significantly out of alignment, Dr. Stephan Ramsay might recommend installing a fixed retainer. This is basically a sturdy metal band that is cemented in place behind the teeth to help hold them in place.

A fixed retainer is cemented in place and can’t be removed, which can sometimes make it a challenge to adequately clean. Interdental brushes have small narrow heads that can help brush away plaque and food particles from hard to reach places.

If you find flossing between the teeth and around the gum line is a challenging, you might want to try using a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss. The wax coating also helps the strand of floss slip into place smoothly. This reduces the chances of injuring your gums by snapping the floss into place.

If you have questions about the best way to clean your fixed retainer, you can call Dr. Stephan Ramsay’s office in Austin, Texas at 512-346-1384 for a consultation.