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How Retainers Can Keep Your Smile Straight After Braces

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You’ve done it. You finished your time with braces and now you have a beautifully straight and even smile. Dr. Muhammad Abey has checked that your mouth is functioning well, and now it’s time to remove the braces! Now it’s time to make sure that progress stays with you by using a retainer.

The periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your mouth are still trying to pull your teeth back to their original positions. The customized retainer our orthodontist makes for you will combat that pull. You will need to wear the retainer until the tension eases so there’s no more danger of relapse.

As the tension in the ligaments changes and relaxes, Dr. Muhammad Abey may tell you to change when you should wear your retainer during the day and how long you should wear it. You will likely need to wear your retainer for the same amount of time as you wore your braces

For the first few days after you start wearing a retainer, your mouth might salivate more. This is natural and to be expected. After a while, your mouth will adapt and your saliva production will return to normal.

If your braces are about to be removed, and you have questions about retainers, you can call Wayne Family Orthodontics’s office in Wayne, New Jersey at 973-341-3180 for a consultation.