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After your braces have been removed, there will still be some lingering tension left in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your mouth. This means you will need to use a retainer for a while until your periodontal ligaments adjust to their new alignment.

Keep the new Hawley retainer fitted for your mouth by Haws Family Dentistry clean and wearing it during the prescribed times, will keep the amount of time you need to wear a retainer to a minimum. If you don’t wear your Hawley retainer regularly, or some part of it is bent or broken it likely will extend the duration you need to use it.

When you are not wearing your Hawley retainer you should keep it in its case. It’s a good idea keep the case with you, in a pocket or backpack rather than improvise with a napkin or a plastic bag. You can soak your retainer in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water to refresh it throughout the day.

You should clean your Hawley retainer whenever you brush and floss your teeth. This can be done by brushing it with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste each day to remove plaque buildup and clean it.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer, or some part of it is bent or broken you should call Haws Family Dentistry at 435-734-9144 to schedule an appointment.