Why You May Need a Hawley Retainer

Did you know that your mouth will require a retainer once your braces are removed? Why is that, exactly? Well, as you may know, your braces are designed to correct the alignment of your teeth. Once they come, off, however, your teeth will still have some leftover tension hanging around in your dental sockets, which if left unchecked, can cause... read more »

You Will Need to Use a Retainer After Your Braces Have Been Removed

Through the course of multiple adjustment sessions with your orthodontist, Dr. Kirby Nelson, your teeth have been successfully realigned for a healthier mouth and a winning smile. It’s important to note that your braces were just the very first step in the alignment process. Once they are removed, a retention phase is required to make sure your teeth hold their... read more »

A Hawley Retainer Requires Some Basic Care and Cleaning Each Day

Through the course of your adjustment sessions with Kirby Nelson Orthodontics’s orthodontic team, your teeth have been moved into their ideal alignment. To be able to enjoy your new winning smile for years to come, you will need to use a retainer. A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer that our orthodontists recommend. Most people need to... read more »

The Three Different Retainer Options

Now that your Kirby Nelson Orthodontics orthodontist has successfully adjusted your teeth to their ideal alignment, your braces can be removed. But after your braces have been removed a retention phase is required to make sure your teeth will stay in their ideal alignment for a lifetime. Your new alignment will still have some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments... read more »

Proper Care and Cleaning Tips for Your Fixed Retainer

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... read more »

Learn More About Braces With This Glossary

To help your orthodontic appointments go smoother for you, our Kirby Nelson Orthodontics team is happy to teach you a little more about the terminology of braces! We have provided the definitions to the following words to give you an idea of what is being said around our office: Band – A band is a metal ring that wraps around... read more »

Caring for your Fixed Retainer

Just like your braces, your fixed retainer represents a serious investment in maintaining your alignment and improving the overall function of your mouth. A fixed retainer is cemented in place behind your teeth. It cannot be removed by anyone other than your orthodontist. Some people find it difficult to clean the spaces in and around the retainer wire. You will... read more »

Most Common Orthodontic Terms Defined

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, you may hear your orthodontists refer to different parts of your braces that you had no idea even existed. Some terms may be familiar and some may sound like an entirely different language. It is important to know what these terms mean so that you can be the most efficient in your dental hygiene practices with... read more »