Your braces moved your teeth into their ideal alignment through the course of multiple adjustment sessions. This will provide you with a functional mouth and appealing smile for many years to come. Your new Hawley retainer helps maintain the location and alignment of your teeth while the tension of your periodontal ligaments adjust to their final location.
A Hawley style retainer is the most common type of retainer. It is a thin piece of acrylic that is anchored to your teeth by a set of wires.
You will need to keep your retainer in the case provided by the orthodontist when you are not wearing it. It’s a good habit to keep the case with you in a pocket or backpack, rather than improvise by keeping it in a napkin or a plastic bag.
You can refresh your retainer from time to time by soaking it in a mixture that is half water and half antiseptic mouthwash. You can brush your retainer with a soft bristled toothbrush and non abrasive toothpaste to remove any plaque buildup and keep the retainer fresh.
Make sure you maintain your daily hygiene routine, of brushing and flossing twice per day.
If you retainer is bent or otherwise damaged you should call us immediately. Not wearing your retainer during the prescribed times will increase the amount of time you need a retainer and can also cause a relapse in the alignment of your teeth.
If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your retainer please call us at 435-734-9144 so we can answer your questions or schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!