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Having your braces adjusted at Dr. Michael Emanuel’s orthodontic clinic in Brooklyn, New York, has effectively corrected the alignment issues with your teeth. It’s important to understand that even once the braces hardware has been removed there will still be some residual tension in your dental sockets. To prevent this from relapsing your teeth out of their new position, Dr. Michael Emanuel will need to fit you for a retainer.

A removable Hawley retainer is often sufficient for maintaining the alignment of the upper front teeth. A fixed retainer might be needed if one area, such as the front lower teeth, required significant correction.

This is a firm metal band that Dr. Michael Emanuel will cement behind the teeth with a strong dental adhesive. It is designed to hold the teeth in place while the tension in the dental sockets fades. This will require a little extra daily oral hygiene focus to prevent cavity and bad breath problems.

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 minute textures around the band and the contours of 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 gum disease.

If you’re about to have your braces removed at Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC and you have a question about retainers, you can call 718-690-9560 to consult with a member of our team.