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The process of having your teeth realigned with orthodontic braces required a series of regularly scheduled adjustments. Each one of these essential appointments were designed to apply increasing tension to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets.

Soon your teeth will achieve their ideal alignment and Dr. Perry M. Iacovetti can uninstall the orthodontic braces. However, there will still be a little latent tension in the periodontal connective tissues. If it’s not addressed by using a retainer, your teeth could gradually relapse out of their ideal alignment.  

Most of the time the alignment of the upper teeth can be preserved by using 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 secure the dental appliance in place.

In some cases, where a specific area requires significant adjustment Dr. Perry M. Iacovetti might recommend installing an additionally fixed retainer. This is more common for lower front teeth required significant orthodontic correction.

It is a strong metal band cemented behind the teeth with a strong dental adhesive. 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.

You might want to try using an interdental brush, floss threader, or a water flossing device if you’re struggling to effectively brush and floss the teeth bound to the fixed retainer. This can help reduce your chances of suffering complications from tooth decay and periodontal inflammation.  

If you had your teeth realigned at Orthodontic Associates of Little Neck’s orthodontic clinic in Little Neck, New York, and you have a question about retainers, you can always call 718.224.0040 to speak to a member of Dr. Perry M. Iacovetti’s staff.