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Now that your braces have successfully adjusted your teeth to their final alignment, your braces can be removed. However, you will still need to use a retainer for a while to help your teeth maintain their new position. There some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth in your mouth. This tension has the potential to pull your teeth out of alignment.

If your braces needed to supply a significant amount of adjustment or your bottom, front teeth were problematic, Dr. Scott Werner might recommend installing a fixed retainer. This is basically a sturdy metal band that is cemented in place behind your teeth to help hold your teeth in place. Most people with a fixed retainer need to have it in their mouth for about as long as they wore braces.

A fixed retainer is cemented in place and can’t be removed, which can sometimes make it a challenge to clean and care for. To help brush away plaque and food particles from hard to reach places, you might want to try interdental brushes. The narrow angled heads can help clean hard to reach places.

If you find flossing between the teeth and around the gum line is a challenging, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed floss. The wax coating also helps the strand of floss slip into place easier.

If you have questions about the best way to clean your fixed retainer, you can call Dr. Scott Werner’s office in Memphis, Tennessee at 901-767-5415 for a consultation.