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Now that your child’s teeth have been adjusted, the braces can be removed. However, even after your braces have been removed, a retention phase is required to make your teeth stay in their ideal alignment for a lifetime.

When braces are removed, there will still be some lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor the teeth in the mouth. As this tension gradually subsides, your child will need to use a retainer. A Hawley-style retainer is the most common type of retainer that the orthodontist, Dr. Joseph A. Wilson, recommends for patients that have just had their braces removed.

If your son or daughter isn’t diligent about wearing their retainer during the prescribed times, or if the Hawley retainer isn’t adequately maintained, it will increase the amount of time they need to use it.

While wearing the retainer, your child can drink normally. However, they should remove their retainer before are eating. When they’re not wearing their retainer, make sure they keep it in its case. Encourage them to always keep the case handy so they don’t have to improvise by storing it in a napkin or a plastic bag.

They can refresh the retainer in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water. If there is a little plaque buildup on any part of the retainer, they should lightly brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

If you or your child have questions about how to properly clean and maintain their Hawley retainer in Farmington, New Mexico, you can call Orthodontics, Inc. at (505) 325-8858 for a consultation.