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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 alignment until they settle into their new position.

There are a few different retainer options your Kirby Nelson Orthodontics orthodontist might recommend. The right retainer for you will depend on the unique details of your mouth and how much adjustment was provided by your braces.

Hawley-style retainers are the most commonly used retainer. They are composed of a thin acrylic piece that is molded to the shape of the roof of your mouth. It is removable but it securely attaches to your teeth with wires.

We might recommend a clear plastic retainer if your teeth only needed minor adjustment. The clear plastic material makes it hard for people to notice it is even in your mouth.

A fixed retainer is called for if your teeth, particularly your front teeth, needed a significant amount of adjustment. A fixed retainer is a firm metal wire that is cemented behind your teeth.

It’s natural to experience increased salivation for the first few days when wearing a retainer. In time, your mouth will adapt to the retainer and things should return to normal.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have questions about retainers in North Bend, Washington, you can call Kirby Nelson Orthodontics at 425-888-1896 for a consultation.