Routine adjustments are a critical part of the process used to correct teeth with traditional braces. With consistent timing and good oral hygiene habits, these appointments will gradually tension the components to gradually bring your teeth into their corrected position.
Once your teeth have achieved their ideal alignment our orthodontist can uninstall the hardware components. Yet, this is not the end of the process. There will still be a mild amount of tension lingering in the periodontal ligaments. If it’s not addressed in some way, it could potentially cause your teeth to relapse out of their ideal alignment.
A removable Hawley retainer is often a most effective way to prevent relapse in corrected teeth. It is a simple oral appliance that Dr. Robert Montoya will design to closely match the shape and contours of your mouth. It includes durable wires to help lock it in place with your teeth.
Using the Hawley retainer at the necessary times is essential for maintaining the new alignment of your teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits and taking good care of the retainer will help maximize its effectiveness.
Your Hawley retainer needs to be taken out before eating to prevent damage and problems with food particles becoming trapped around it. It’s best to get in the habit of keeping the retainer case with you, rather than improvising with a bag or a napkin.
You can refresh the Hawley retainer by soaking it in an equal mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. During your evening oral hygiene routine, you should lightly brush the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive toothpaste to remove any plaque buildup.
If you had braces installed at Montoya Orthodontics’s office in Keller, Texas, and you have a question about the process of realigning your teeth with braces, you can always call 817-427-2237 to speak to a member of our staff.