Over the course of time and consecutive adjustment sessions, your child’s braces have realigned their teeth for a functional mouth and an appealing smile. Even after their teeth have come into their ideal alignment there will still be some lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchors your child’s teeth in the sockets.
Once William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC removes their braces, the lingering tension in the periodontal ligaments can slowly start to pull their teeth out of alignment again.
Using a retainer will hold their teeth in their new alignment and maintain the new position while the residual tension slowly fades. Your orthodontist will usually fit your child for a retainer immediately after their braces are removed.
At first they might need to wear the retainer frequently. As the lingering tension in the periodontal starts to ease, your orthodontist might adjust the time that your child needs to use a retainer. In most cases the total duration your child needs to use a retainer, will be about the same as they needed to wear braces.
When they first start wearing a retainer, your child’s mouth might produce more saliva for a few days. After a while their mouth will adapt and things will return to normal.
If your child is due to have their braces removed and you have questions about retainers, please feel free to call William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC at 626-458-8898 to schedule an appointment.