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Now that the braces installed by your 360 Orthodontics orthodontist have successfully adjusted your teeth to their ideal alignment, your braces can be removed. Even 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.

Even in your new alignment there will still be some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth in your mouth. While this tension subsides, you will need to use a retainer. A Hawley style retainer is the most common type of retainer for people who have just had their braces removed.

If you aren’t diligent about wearing your retainer during the prescribed times, fail to adequately maintain it, or it is bent or damaged in some way, it will increase the amount of time you need to use it.

While you can drink normally, you should remove your Hawley retainer when you are eating. When you’re not wearing the retainer, you should always keep your retainer in its case. It’s a good habit to keep the case with you at all time, rather than improvise by storing it in a napkin or a plastic bag.

To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water. If there is a little plaque buildup on any part of the retainer, you can lightly brush it with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new retainer, or your retainer is damaged in some way, you should call 360 Orthodontics at 440-243-9575 for advice or to schedule an appointment.