Your braces were able to realign your teeth through a series of consistently timed adjustments. Each of these sessions applied force to the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth in your gums.
Once your ideal alignment has been achieved Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C.’s orthodontists can uninstall the components. However, some latent tension will still remain in the periodontal sockets. If it’s not effectively addressed this could cause your teeth to relapse out of their intended orientation.
A removable Hawley retainer is common option for preventing relapse after braces have been removed. This is essentially a molded piece of acrylic that conforms to the shape of your mouth and interlocks with your teeth through series of static wires.
Sometimes a fixed retainer is needed to help maintain the corrected alignment of that required significant alteration. This more common for people who needed an underbite or overbite addressed by braces.
It is a strong metal band our orthodontist bonds behind the teeth. It will help to hold the teeth in the new position while any residual tension gradually dissipates.
If you are in Memphis, Tennessee, and you have a question about braces and retainers you can always call 901-767-5415 to speak to speak to a staff member at Memphis Orthodontic Specialists, P.C.. Dr. Scott and Dr. Stanley Werner look forward to helping you with all of your orthodontic needs!