Your Child’s Retainer Needs Daily Care and Cleaning

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The routine adjustments performed at Dr. Robert Montoya’s orthodontic clinic played an essential role in improving the alignment of your child’s teeth. With the realignment completed, he can remove the orthodontic hardware components to allow you child to enjoy a more appealing smile.

However, the periodontal ligaments in their dental sockets will still hold onto some residual tension. If it isn’t addressed in some way it can cause their teeth to gradually drift out of their ideal alignment. The new Hawley retainer provided by Dr. Robert Montoya is a removable piece of dental acrylic that has been designed to match the shape of your child’s mouth. It also incorporates special wires that lock in place with specific teeth.

They retainer will need daily care and cleaning to ensure its maximum effect. If something is bent, damaged, or suffers excess wear and tear, it could increase the amount of time they need to use a retainer. They will need to take their Hawley retainer out when eating. This will prevent food particles from getting trapped under the retainer and keeps it safe from damage.

It would be helpful to encourage your child to keep the retainer in its case when they’re not using it. It’s best to get them in the habit of keeping the case quick at hand. They can refresh the Hawley retainer by soaking it for a few minutes in an equal mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. They should also lightly brush the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

If your child had their teeth corrected by braces at Dr. Robert Montoya’s orthodontic clinic in Keller, Texas, and you have a question about how to best maintain their retainer, you can call 817-427-2237 to speak to a staff member at Montoya Orthodontics.