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Once Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C. has removed your son or daughter’s braces, there will still be some tension lingering in the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth in their mouth. This will require them to use some type of retainer. Otherwise, this residual tension can cause your teeth to relapse and slowly drift away from their ideal alignment.

The orthodontist might recommend a fixed retainer, if their teeth, required significant realignment by their braces. Especially if their bottom teeth were severely misaligned or required an extraction. A fixed retainer is basically a rigid metal band that the orthodontist cements behind their teeth to secure them in place. In most cases, your son or daughter will need to wear a fixed retainer for about as long as they needed to wear braces.

The fixed retainer will require additional focus in their daily oral hygiene routine. It might help to provide them with interdental brushes, to help brush away plaque and food particles from hard to reach places. You could also try using oral irrigators or a dental water jet.

Some people find flossing the teeth around their fixed retainer to be a challenge. In a situation like this, you might want to give them a floss threader with waxed floss. This will help keep the areas clean of the plaque and food particles that can cause gum disease.

If you have questions or concerns about how to help your son or daughter maintain their new fixed retainer, you should call Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C. at 901-767-5415 to schedule an appointment.