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Through the course of multiple adjustments, the orthodontic staff at Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C. has completely repositioned your teeth into their ideal alignment. Now that this has been achieved, the braces can be removed. Yet, there will still be some residual tension in the sockets of your teeth.

If it’s not addressed with the use of a retainer, it could cause your teeth to relapse out of alignment once again. For most people, this calls for Dr. Scott Werner to fit you for a removable Hawley retainer. If one set of your front teeth needed a significant amount of realignment, he might also recommend installing a fixed retainer.

This firm metal band will be cemented behind the teeth to securely hold them in position. Since it cannot be removed, it will require special focus in your daily oral hygiene routine.

Interdental brushes have small, narrow heads that can help remove plaque and residual food particles from hard-to-reach places. Then a floss threader that has been loaded with waxed dental floss can help position the strand beneath the fixed retainer to help you floss between those teeth and clean around the gumline.

A dental water jet like Waterpik® can help clear away stuck-on food particles in the contours of teeth. Just keep in mind that these devices cannot match the effectiveness of flossing for removing plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline.

If you have questions about fixed retainers or general retainer hygiene in Memphis, Tennessee, you can always call 901-767-5415 to speak to a member of the orthodontic staff at Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C.