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Each of your routine adjustment appointments at Dr. Scott Werner’s orthodontic clinic has gradually repositioned your teeth to correct your smile’s appearance. This also has the added benefit of reducing your chances of suffering dental fractures and dental attrition complications.

Now that your teeth have achieved their ideal alignment Dr. Scott Werner can remove your braces. However, this is not the end of the realignment process. The final step calls for using a retainer to hold your teeth in position to help hold your teeth in their new position.

A Hawley retainer is often sufficient for maintaining the alignment of your upper teeth. It is a removable mouthpiece made from dental acrylic and interlocking wires. Dr. Scott Werner might recommend a fixed retainer if an area such as your front lower teeth required significant correction.

It is a firm metal band that Dr. Scott Werner cements behind each of the teeth in that area. Since it cannot be removed the fixed retainer will require extra attention in your daily oral hygiene routine.

If you find that you are having a hard time cleaning around the fixed retainer, you might want to try using an interdental brush or a water flosser. These oral hygiene tools can help clean the small contours around the metal band and your teeth.

A floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss might also be helpful for inserting a strand under the fixed retainer. This will allow you to effectively floss the gumline, and reduce your chances of suffering periodontal disease.

If you had braces installed in your mouth to correct the alignment of your teeth at Dr. Scott Werner’s orthodontic clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, and you have a question about retainers, you can call 901-767-5415 to speak to a staff member at Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C.