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Braces hardware and consistent adjustments at James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA will gradually realign your teeth to help you achieve your ideal smile. Once this is done, the brackets, wires, bands, and other orthodontic hardware can be removed. Yet, this is not the end of the realignment process.

There will still be a modest amount of residual tension lingering in the ligaments that anchor your teeth to their specific dental socket. If it’s not counteracted in some way, this could cause your teeth to relapse out of their ideal alignment. To prevent this from occurring, Dr. James B. Macomson will fit you for a retainer.

The most common type of retainer Dr. James B. Macomson recommends is known as a Hawley. It helps hold your teeth in position while the residual tension gradually dissipates. If an area needed significant adjustment by braces, your orthodontist might cement a fixed metal band behind the teeth. This fixed retainer can’t be removed, but will ensure these teeth maintain their positions.

The specific times you need to use a removable retainer might change over time, depending on the progress we see during routine checkups. If your retainer is damaged or if you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for braces to achieve your ideal smile.

You shouldn’t be surprised if your mouth produces a little more saliva during the first few days. This is to be expected and things should return to normal in a few days.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have further concerns about a retainer in Gastonia, North Carolina, you can always call 704-867-3667 for a quick consultation at James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA.