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Once your teeth have achieved their ideal alignment, your orthodontist, Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy, can remove your braces. However, there is still one last step needed to help you maintain your new smile for many years to come.

The periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth still have a little bit of residual tension in them. To keep this from affecting your teeth, your orthodontist, Dr. Layne K McCord & Matt McCoy, will fit you for a removable retainer.

Even though the daily duration might change over time, you will most likely need to use a retainer for the same length of time you wore braces. If your retainer is damaged, your teeth could come out of alignment, which could extend the amount of time you need to use the retainer. Daily care and cleaning can help keep this duration to the bare minimum.

A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer that we prescribe. This is a custom appliance that contains one molded piece of acrylic that is secured in your mouth by a series of interlocking wires. It is removable and requires a few basic care considerations.

When you’re not wearing the retainer, you should keep it in the case provided. It’s best to keep the case with you so you don’t have to improvise with 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.

You should brush your Hawley retainer twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to remove any residual plaque. You can soak the retainer in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash if it needs additional refreshing.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer in Idaho Falls, Idaho, you can call McCord Orthodontics at 208.529.8333 for advice.