Proper Care and Cleaning Tips for Your Fixed Retainer

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After Kirby Nelson Orthodontics removes your braces you will still need to use a retainer. There will still be some lingering tension left in the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth. Without a retainer this residual tension can slowly start to pull your teeth out of their ideal alignment.

If your teeth, particularly your lower teeth, needed a significant amount of adjustment before you were fitted for braces, then you might need a have a fixed retainer for a while. This sturdy metal band cemented behind your teeth will help hold your teeth in their new alignment. As a general rule of thumb you will need to wear a fixed retainer for about as long as you had braces.

Because the fixed retainer can’t be removed, it will require cleaning as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. To help brush away plaque and food particles from hard to reach places, you might want to turn to interdental brushes. You could also try using oral irrigators or a dental water jet.

Some people find flossing the teeth around their fixed retainer to be a challenge. In a situation like this, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed floss. Regardless of your preferred method, if you don’t floss the gum line around these teeth it increases your chances of developing gingivitis or other forms of periodontal disease.

If you have questions or concerns about how to maintain your new fixed retainer, please call Kirby Nelson Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.