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Orthodontic braces can play a very important role in correcting the alignment of your child’s teeth. Traditional braces need to be tightened at regular intervals to effectively stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor your son of daughter’s teeth in place. In time this will fully correct the position and orientation of their teeth to provide them with a better functioning mouth and a more appealing smile.

Once this has been accomplished Dr. Victoria Lynskey can remove the braces from your child’s mouth. However, this is not the end of the realignment process.

It’s important to note that there will still be some residual tension remaining in the periodontal ligaments. If it isn’t countered, it could cause their teeth to drift out of their ideal alignment. To prevent this complication, Dr. Victoria Lynskey will likely provide your son or daughter with some type of retainer.

A Hawley retainer is the most common form of removable retainer. This is a custom shaped piece of acrylic that fits into the upper portion of the mouth. It is secured by a set of wires that lock onto specific teeth. When worm it holds the upper teeth in their intended orientation.

A clear plastic retainer might be called for if your child’s braces only provided a minor realignment. This type of retainer is challenging for the casual observer to notice.

If there was one area that needed significant correction, Dr. Victoria Lynskey might recommend installing a fixed retainer behind the teeth. This is a strong metal band that is cemented in place to prevent the teeth from drifting out of position.

If your child had their teeth corrected at Dr. Victoria Lynskey’s orthodontic clinic in Santa Rosa, California, and you have a retainer question you can always call 707-525-1180 to speak to a staff member at Victoria Lynskey DMD, MDS, Orthodontist.