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Once your braces have completed their purpose of realigning your teeth for a healthier mouth and a winning smile, they can be removed. However, there will still be some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments in your mouth that needs to be addressed. This lingering tension has the ability to gradually pull your teeth back out of alignment.

To counteract this effect, which is known as relapse, our 360 Orthodontics team will fit you for a custom retainer.

Most people need to use a retainer for about as long as they had braces. There are three different types of retainers that your orthodontist, Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla, commonly recommends.

Hawley retainers are the most common type of retainer that many people use. This is a removable appliance that is made from a molded piece of acrylic. The retainer is removable but when it is in your mouth, it is securely anchored in place by a set of wires that interlock with specific teeth.

Clear, plastic retainers are more common for people who only wore braces for a short period of time. They are very similar to the aligners that brands like Invisalign® use.

Fixed retainers are sometimes necessary if your braces provided a significant amount of realignment, especially in your lower teeth. This style of retainer is a durable wire appliance that is cemented behind your teeth.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have a questions about retainers in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, you can call 360 Orthodontics at 440-243-9575 for a consultation.