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During the process of realigning your teeth with braces Dr. Stephan Ramsay and his orthodontic specialists have recommended that you maintain clean and healthy teeth. This was an important element of maintaining the progressive tension needed to gradually realign your teeth.

After Dr. Stephan Ramsay has fully realigned your teeth, he can uninstall them to let you the new appearance of your smile. Yet, there will still be a little latent tension in your dental sockets. If it’s not addressed by a retainer, your teeth could gradually relapse out of their ideal position.

In most cases, a removable Hawley retainer is sufficient for helping the upper teeth remain in place. It’s a molded plastic mouthpiece that conforms to the unique shape and characteristics of your mouth. When you install it in your mouth special wires will help lock it in place.

If one specific area of your teeth needed significant correction, Dr. Stephan Ramsay might recommend cementing an additional fixed retainer. This is a more likely treatment plan if your lower teeth needed significant orthodontic correction.  

The sturdy metal band will be cemented in place behind the specific This will serve to hold them in the new position while they accept their new position. Just like your braces, it will require some additional brushing and flossing.

If you’re struggling to clear away plaque, food particles and other bacterial deposits from the contours around your fixed retain, you might want to try using an interdental brush, floss threader, or a water flossing device.

If you had your teeth realigned at Ramsay Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic in Austin, Texas, and you have a question about retainers, you can always call 512-346-1384 to speak to a member of staff.