Congratulations! Your routine adjustment sessions with Dr. R. Nab have straightened your teeth to the ideal alignment. However, once your braces have been removed, there will still be a residual amount of tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in the sockets. If this tension isn’t mitigated, it can gradually pull your teeth out of their perfect alignment.
To prevent this from happening, Dr. R. Nab will fit you for a custom-made retainer. Wearing your retainer during the recommended times will help your teeth maintain their alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides. At first, your orthodontist might suggest that you wear your retainer all day. As the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments subsides, he will likely reduce the amount of time you need to wear your retainer.
Generally, you will need to wear a retainer for the same duration of time that you wore your braces.
When you first start wearing a retainer, your mouth might produce additional saliva for a few days. This is natural and your mouth will adapt and return to normal after awhile.
If your braces are about to be removed and you have questions about retainers in Houston, Texas, you can call Midtown Dental at 713-481-5693 and talk to a member of our dental team.