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The routine adjustments to your braces performed at Black Lake Dental have gradually moved your teeth into their ideal alignment. Yet there will still be some residual tension in the sockets that needs to be addressed after the hardware has been removed. The most effective method to prevent your teeth from relapsing out of alignment is to fit you for a retainer.

A retainer in Olympia, Washington, is a removable mouthpiece that helps hold your teeth in position while the residual tension abates. In some cases, if an area needed significant adjustment by braces, Dr. Eric Thiede might cement a fixed metal band behind the teeth. This fixed retainer can’t be removed, but it will ensure these teeth maintain their positions.

The specific times you need to use a removable retainer might change over time, depending on the progress your orthodontist sees during routine checkups. 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 to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to achieve your ideal smile.

It’s natural for your mouth to salivate more when you first start using the retainer. This is to be expected and things should return to normal in a few days.

If you are about to have your braces removed and you have questions about retainers in Olympia, Washington, you can always call 360-915-7353 to speak to one of the orthodontic specialists at Black Lake Dental.