Braces are designed to realign your teeth by applying progressive tension to them. This effectively stretches the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring each tooth in the socket. Each adjustment brings the teeth one step closer to your ideal smile. When your braces are removed, there will still be some residual tension in the ligaments. If it’s not counteracted in some way, this tension could affect the position of your teeth, causing them to relapse out of alignment.
To this end, your orthodontist, Dr. Donald W Linck II, can fit you for a retainer immediately after your braces have been removed. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides.
The specific times you need to wear a retainer might change over time, depending on the progress Dr. Donald W Linck II sees during routine appointments. 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 the braces to achieve your ideal smile.
It’s natural for your mouth to salivate more when you first start using the retainer. This is to be expected and things should return to normal in a few days.
If you are about to have your braces removed and you have questions about retainers in Pleasant Hill, California, you can always call 925-933-0435 to speak to someone at Donald W. Linck II DDS, INC.