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Your braces were installed in your mouth by your orthodontists to reposition your teeth. To do this, they applied progressive tension to the hardware at your routine adjustment sessions. This effectively stretched the periodontal ligaments that anchor each one of your teeth in its specific socket.

Once your teeth have attained their ideal alignment, Dr. Adenwalla and Dr. Ashai can remove the braces so you can enjoy a better-functioning mouth and a winning smile. At the same time, there will still be some minor tension in the periodontal ligaments. If it’s not counteracted in some way, this could cause your teeth to shift back to their prior positions in your mouth.

The most effective method for preventing this is to have Drs. Adenwalla and Ashai fit you for a retainer. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment.

Your mouth might produce more saliva for a few days after you start using a retainer. This is to be expected.

Our orthodontists might change the directions about wearing the retainer based on your individual case.

If your retainer is damaged or if you fail to use it during the prescribed times, the time that you need to use it will likely increase. Most people need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to completely realign their teeth.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have questions about retainers in Avon, Sandusky and Wadsworth, Ohio, you can always call to speak to a team member at A&A Orthodontics.