The teeth in your mouth are anchored into the sockets by a series of periodontal ligaments. Through the course of your regular adjustment sessions with Orthodontics, Inc. these ligaments have been stretched by your braces to bring your teeth into their ideal alignment. Even after your braces have been removed, there will still be some lingering tension in these periodontal ligaments. This is why Orthodontics, Inc. will fit you for a retainer once your braces have been removed.
A fixed retainer is little more than a sturdy metal band that is cemented in place behind your teeth to help hold your teeth in their new alignment. It is the only type of retainer that can’t be removed by anyone other than the trained professionals at Orthodontics, Inc..
Since the fixed retainer can’t be removed, it will require some special focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. Many people with a fixed retainer find that interdental brushes help to clean away food particles and plaque from hard to reach places. You could also try using oral irrigators or a dental water jet. Just remember that no matter how clean this might make your teeth feel, you will still need to floss.
If you find flossing between the teeth and around the gum line is a challenging, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed floss. The wax coating also helps the strand of floss slip into place easier.
If you have questions about the best way to maintain your fixed retainer, you can call Orthodontics, Inc. at (505) 325-8858 to set up an appointment.