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Your braces can be removed now that your teeth have achieved their ideal alignment. 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 anchoring your teeth in the sockets. To address this issue, your orthodontist will fit you for a retainer.

If your teeth required a significant amount of adjustment by the braces, Dr. R. Nab might recommend installing a fixed retainer. This is basically a sturdy metal band that is cemented behind your teeth to hold your teeth in place. It’s not uncommon for a fixed retainer to be installed on the lower front teeth while you wear a standard Hawley retainer to maintain your upper front teeth.

The fixed retainer cannot be removed. This means it will require cleaning as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

To help brush away plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach places, you might want to try using interdental brushes. You could also try using oral irrigators or a dental water jet. If you’re having trouble flossing the teeth around the band, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

If you have questions about the best way to clean your fixed retainer in Houston, Texas, you can always call Midtown Dental at 713-520-0555 to ask a question.