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The braces installed by your orthodontist, Dr. Scott Werner, effectively repositioned your teeth to address alignment issues and give you a more appealing smile. Your routine adjustment sessions have applied moderate, progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring each tooth in its socket. Now that your teeth have achieved their ideal positions, he can remove your braces so you can enjoy your new smile.

It’s important to note there will still be some lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments. To prevent your teeth from relapsing out of alignment, he will fit you for a retainer in Memphis, Tennessee.

A Hawley-style retainer is the most common type of retainer that our team recommends. You should expect that you’ll need to use the retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to realign your teeth. If any part of your retainer is bent or damaged or if you fail to wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to use it.

You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. It’s good practice to simply keep the case with you rather than improvise by keeping it in a napkin or a plastic bag. To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water.

It’s important to brush your Hawley retainer twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. This will refresh it and remove any residual plaque.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley-style retainer, you can always call 901-767-5415 to speak with a member of our Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C. staff.