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Your child’s routine braces adjustment sessions at Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC’s Brooklyn, New York orthodontic clinic have been important to realigning their teeth for a more appealing smile and preventing future dental dysfunction. Once their teeth have achieved their ideal alignment, the braces hardware can be removed. However, there will still be some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments anchoring their teeth in place. If it’s not countered somehow to could cause their teeth to relapse out of alignment.

The most effective way to prevent this from happening is to have your orthodontist fit your son or daughter for a retainer. Hawley-style retainers are the most common. This is a thin acrylic piece molded to match the roof of their mouth. It is removable, yet secures to their teeth with a set of sturdy wires.

Their orthodontist might recommend a clear plastic retainer if your child’s teeth only needed a minor amount of adjustment by braces. This is also a common type of retainer for people who have had their teeth realigned by Invisalign®.

A fixed retainer might be called for if their teeth needed a significant amount of adjustment in one area. This is a stiff metal band cemented behind their teeth with a strong dental adhesive. In some cases, our orthodontists might cement a fixed retainer behind the lower front teeth, then fit them for a Hawley retainer for their upper teeth.

It might take their mouth a few days to fully adapt to the retainer. This could cause excess salivation. In a few days, things should return to normal.

If your son or daughter is due to have their braces removed at Dr. Michael Emanuel’s Brooklyn, New York clinic and you have a question about retainers, you can call 718-690-9560 to speak to a member of his staff.