You Will Need to Use a Retainer After Your Braces Have Corrected the Alignment of Your Teeth

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The routine braces adjustments at Dr. E. Glenn Glassman’s orthodontic clinic played an important in stretching the periodontal ligaments that help to hold your teeth in your gums. Even after Dr. E. Glenn Glassman has uninstalled the orthodontic components there will still be a modest amount of tension leftover in your dental sockets.  

If it isn’t mitigated by the regular use of a retainer, the tension could cause your teeth to relapse out of their proper alignment. This could cause a myriad of potential complications.

A Hawley retainer is the most common option Dr. E. Glenn Glassman provides for preserving the alignment of your teeth. This is a thin piece of orthodontic acrylic that conforms to the shape of your mouth. It will be secured in your mouth by a set of wires that lock onto specific teeth.

If you had several teeth that required significant correction Dr. E. Glenn Glassman might recommend installing a fixed retainer. It is a strong metal band that will be cemented in place behind the teeth with a strong dental adhesive. This would be necessary in conjunction with a removable Hawley retainer on the upper teeth.

If you live in St. Louis, Missouri, and you have questions about retainers, you can always call 314-739-8888 to speak to seek further insights from a staff member at Orthocare Systems Orthodontics.