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After your braces have been removed, there will still be a little tension remaining in the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring them in their sockets. To prevent your teeth from relapsing toward their old positions, your orthodontist, Dr. Victoria Lynskey, will fit you for a retainer. If your upper front or lower front teeth needed significant adjustment, he might advocate fitting you for a fixed retainer.

This is essentially a sturdy metal band that Dr. Victoria Lynskey cements behind your front teeth to securely hold them in position. Since it cannot be removed, the fixed retainer might make it challenging to brush and floss the front teeth.

Interdental brushes with their small, narrow heads can help remove plaque and residual food particles from hard-to-reach places. Then, a floss threader that has been loaded with waxed dental floss can help position the strand beneath the fixed retainer to help you floss between those teeth and clean around the gumline.

You could also try using an oral irrigator or dental water jet to clear away stuck food particles in the contours of teeth. Just keep in mind that these devices cannot match the effectiveness of flossing for removing plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline.

Once you are done brushing and flossing, you might also want to give your teeth a vigorous rinse with antiseptic mouthwash. This will help kill bacteria and wash away loose food particles.

If you have questions or concerns about how to maintain good oral hygiene with a fixed retainer in Santa Rosa, California, you can always call 707-525-1180 to schedule an appointment at Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist.