Through the course of your regular adjustment sessions at Donald W. Linck II DDS, INC, your braces have realigned your teeth to achieve your ideal smile. While this is certainly a moment worth of celebration, it’s also not the end of the realignment process. There is still a modest amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor each tooth in its socket. If it isn’t counteracted in some way, this could cause the teeth to relapse out of position and it could even require the reinstallation of braces.
To prevent this from happening, Dr. Donald W Linck II will fit you for a retainer in Pleasant Hill, California. This most commonly comes in the form of a Hawley retainer that is custom shaped from dental-grade acrylic to match the shape of your mouth. While it is removable, it will be locked in place by wires that correspond with specific teeth.
Providing daily care and cleaning for your Hawley retainer will ensure its maximum effect. If something is bent or damaged or if it suffers excess wear and tear from lack of care, it could affect the duration of the retention phase.
While the Hawley retainer is in your mouth, you can speak and drink normally. You will need to take it out when you are eating. This prevents food particles from getting trapped under the retainer and it keeps it safe from being bent or damaged when eating hard foods.
You can refresh the Hawley retainer by soaking it for a few minutes in an equal mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. If you have a little plaque on the retainer or the wires, you can lightly brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer, you can always call 925-933-0435 to consult with a staff member at Donald W. Linck II DDS, INC.