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Now that your orthodontist, Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy, has removed your braces, you will need to use a retainer. Without a retainer, the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments can cause your teeth to relapse and slowly move away from their ideal alignment.

If your teeth needed a significant realignment, Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy might recommend having a fixed retainer secured behind your teeth. This is even more likely for your bottom teeth. A fixed retainer is a sturdy metal band that is cemented behind your teeth. It will lock them in their new alignment until the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments subsides. On average, most people need to wear a fixed retainer for about as long as they wore braces.

The fixed retainer will require additional cleaning in your daily oral hygiene routine. For convenience and ease, you might want to try using interdental brushes to clear away plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach places. You could also try using oral irrigators or a dental water jet. Just keep in mind that this is not an effective substitute for flossing.

Some people find flossing the teeth around their fixed retainer challenging. 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 gumline around the retainer, it increases your chances of developing gum disease.

If you have questions or concerns about how to maintain your new fixed retainer in Idaho Falls, Idaho, you can call McCord Orthodontics at 208.529.8333 to schedule an appointment.