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When you get your braces removed at Montoya Orthodontics, you likely feel a sense of excitement. Being able to enjoy a better-functioning mouth and a more appealing smile is certainly a big day. At the same time, it’s also important to note that there will still be some lingering tension in the sockets anchoring your teeth in your mouth.

To prevent this from causing a relapse, Dr. Robert Montoya will likely fit you for a retainer. This can be done immediately after your braces have been removed.

Wearing the retainer during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment and minimize the total amount of time you need to use a retainer.

The times you need to wear a retainer might change over time, depending on the how quickly the tension in the sockets diminishes. Your orthodontist will note this during your routine checkups.

If your retainer is damaged or if you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to completely realign your teeth.

You can expect your mouth to produce a little extra saliva for the first day or two. This natural response will abate with time.

If you are due to have your braces removed soon and you have a question about retainers in Keller, Texas, you can always call 817-427-2237 to speak to someone at Montoya Orthodontics.