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Your routine braces adjustment sessions at Dr. E. Glenn Glassman’s St. Louis, Missouri orthodontic clinic have been critical to realigning your teeth and preventing dental complications. Now that your teeth have achieved their ideal position and orientation the orthodontic hardware can be removed from your mouth. Yet there will still be some lingering tension in your mouth that might cause your teeth to relapse out of their new position.

To prevent this from happening, Dr. E. Glenn Glassman will fit you for a retainer, immediately following the braces removal. The most common type is known as a Hawley, named for its inventor Dr. Charles Hawley.

If there is a particular area that needed significant realignment, Dr. E. Glenn Glassman might also cement a metal fixed retainer behind the teeth. This sturdy metal band cannot be removed and will need extra focus in your daily oral hygiene routine.

The retainer will need to be used for a specific amount of time each day. As the residual tension in the periodontal ligaments gradually dissipates, Dr. E. Glenn Glassman might alter the time that you need to use the retainer.

At first, you might find that your mouth salivates more than usual. In a few days, your mouth will adapt to the new retainer, and things will return to normal.

If you are due to have your braces removed at Dr. E. Glenn Glassman’s St. Louis, Missouri clinic and you have a question about retainers, you can call 314-739-8888 to seek further insights.