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Having your braces adjusted was just the first step in realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. After your braces are removed there will still be a small amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that secure your teeth in their sockets. If this tension isn’t addressed, it can start to pull your teeth out of their ideal alignment.

To prevent this from happening your Smiley Dental Camp Bowie orthodontist will fit you for a custom retainer immediately after your braces are removed. Wearing your retainer during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides.

The times you need to wear a retainer might change over time, depending on the progress the orthodontist sees during routine appointments. In general, most people need to use a retainer for as long as they needed to wear braces. If your retainer is damaged or you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration.

When you first start wearing a retainer, your mouth might produce more saliva for a few days. This is to be expected, and in a few days, your mouth will likely adjust to it as things return to normal.

If your braces are about to be removed, and you have questions about retainers, you can call Smiley Dental Camp Bowie’s clinic in Ft. Worth, Texas at 817.916.4343 for a consultation.