Traditional braces are often used by an orthodontist like Dr. Joshua Knowles to address an underbite, overbite or another dental alignment issue. Th process requires a series of regularly scheduled adjustments to effectively tighten the orthodontic hardware. This will effectively alter the periodontal connective tissues that hold your teeth in position.
Once the alignment of your teeth been fully corrected your braces hardware can be uninstalled. At this point you will need to use some type of retainer. This will prevent any residual tension in your periodontal tissues from causing your teeth to relapse out of their ideal alignment.
A Hawley retainer is often used for maintaining the position of the upper teeth. It is a molded piece of acrylic that conforms to the shape of your mouth and interlocks with your teeth with a series of durable wires.
If one specific area required significant realignment from your braces our orthodontist might recommend installing an additional fixed retainer. This is more common for lower front teeth or if your braces were needed to correct a significant overcrowding issue or an underbite.
This is a strong metal band that our orthodontist cements behind the teeth in question. It will serve to hold your corrected teeth in their new position while the tension gradually dissipates. This type of retainer cannot be removed. This means it will require a little extra focus when brushing and flossing.
If you are in Temple, Texas, and you have any questions about retainers, you can always call 254-773-8028 to speak to speak to a staff member at Smile at the World Orthodontics.