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Once your braces have achieved your ideal smile, the orthodontic hardware can be removed at Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist. Yet, this is not the end of the realignment process.

Each adjustment session applied progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth in your mouth. Without some means to counteract it, this could gradually pull your teeth out of alignment, leading to further complications. It could even require that you have braces reinstalled. To prevent these problems, Dr. Victoria Lynskey will fit you for a removable retainer. You should expect to use the retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to realign your teeth.

Hawley retainers are the most common unit we use. It is a thin piece of acrylic that is custom fitted to the shape of your mouth. While it is removable, it is held into place by a series of wires that lock with specific teeth.

If any part of the Hawley retainer is bent or damaged, or if you fail to wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to use it. You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. Try to get in the habit of keeping the case with you rather than improvising with a napkin or a plastic bag.

It’s important to brush your Hawley retainer twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. This will refresh it and remove any residual plaque. If the retainer just needs some light refreshing throughout the day, you can soak it in a mixture of half antiseptic mouthwash and water.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer in Santa Rosa, California, you can always call 707-525-1180 to speak with a staff member at Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist.