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Now that your braces have successfully adjusted your teeth into their ideal alignment, they can be removed. However, you will still need to use a retainer to make sure your teeth remain in their new positions. There will still be some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in the sockets.

Your orthodontist, Dr. William B. Hentosz, will give you a schedule of the required times you need to wear the retainer in your mouth. If you fail to wear it during these times, or if your retainer is damaged, it could lead to other complications. This could increase the duration of time you need to use a retainer, or even cause your teeth to come out of alignment.

A Hawley-style retainer is the most common type of retainer Dr. William B. Hentosz recommends for people who have just had their braces removed.

You can drink normally when wearing the retainer, but you should remove your retainer when you are eating. You should always keep it in the case provided when you’re not wearing it. It’s a good habit to keep the case with you at all times so you don’t have to improvise by storing it in a napkin or a plastic bag.

To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water. If there is a little plaque buildup on any part of the appliance, you can lightly brush the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your retainer in Alhambra, California, you can always call William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC at 626-458-8898 to seek further advice.