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Over the course of successive adjustments, the braces installed by your orthodontist, Dr. Michael Emanuel, have moved your teeth into their ideal alignment. This will give you a better functioning mouth and a winning smile. It’s important to note that even after your braces have been removed, there will still be some lingering tension in your periodontal ligaments. If this is not mitigated in some way, it could cause your teeth to relapse out of their ideal alignment.

To this end, Dr. Michael Emanuel can fit you for a retainer immediately after your braces have been removed. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their positions while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides.

The specific times you need to wear a retainer might change over time, depending on the progress Dr. Michael Emanuel sees during routine appointments. If your retainer is damaged or if you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect that you’ll need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for your braces to achieve your ideal smile.  

When you first start wearing a retainer, your mouth might produce more saliva for a few days. This is to be expected. In a few days, your mouth will likely adapt and your saliva flow will normalize.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have a question about retainers in Brooklyn, New York, you can always call Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC at 718-336-5005 to set up a consultation session.