Each of your child’s braces adjustments with Dr. Joseph Wilson gradually tightened your braces to correct alignment of your son or daughter’s teeth. Once their ideal alignment has been achieved, Dr. Joseph Wilson can remove the orthodontic hardware from their mouth. However, this is not the end of the process.
There will still be a mild amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that hold each of their teeth in its socket. If it isn’t mitigated in some way this tension could cause their teeth to relapse out of alignment.
To prevent this from happening, Dr. Joseph Wilson will fit them for some form of retainer. This can be done immediately after the orthodontic hardware has been removed. The most common type is known as a Hawley retainer.
It is a removable dental appliance made from a special type of acrylic. It incorporates stiff wires that lock the retainer in place with specific teeth.
If one area of their teeth needed significant correction Dr. Joseph Wilson might recommend cementing a fixed metal retainer behind the teeth. This sturdy metal band cannot be removed and will need extra focus in their daily oral hygiene routine.
Your son or daughter will need to use your removable retainer for a specific amount of time each day. As the residual tension in the periodontal ligaments gradually fades Dr. Joseph Wilson might changes these times.
If you are in the Yuma, Arizona, area and you have a question about retainers, you can call 928-343-9559 to speak to one of the orthodontic specialists at Yuma Orthodontics, Inc..