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Your teeth have been realigned through the course of successive adjustment sessions with Dr. Jorge de la Osa to achieve your ideal smile. Finally, your braces can be removed. At the same time, it’s worth noting that there is still a modest amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth in their sockets. To keep this from relapsing the alignment of your teeth, we will need to fit you for a retainer.

This can be done immediately after your braces have been removed. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides.

The times you need to wear a retainer might change over time, depending on the how quickly the tension in the periodontal ligaments abate. Your orthodontist will adjust this time accordingly, based on the progress he sees.

If your retainer is damaged or if you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total duration of the retention phase. You should expect that you’ll need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for braces to completely realign your teeth.  

Your mouth might produce more saliva for a few days after you start using a retainer. This is to be expected, and in a few days, your mouth will likely adapt and normalize.

If your braces are about to be removed and you have questions about retainers in El Monte, California, you can always call Sunshine Dental Group at 626.579.4274 to ask a question.