A dentist like Dr. John Anderson will often use traditional braces to correct misaligned teeth. This can help patients address problems such malocclusion, overcrowded teeth or general deviations in the alignment of their bite pattern. This functional system of orthodontic components relies on regularly scheduled adjustment appointment to tighten the braces hardware.
The progressive tension applied to the braces and teeth will then gradually alter the periodontal connective tissues that attach your teeth to your gums and the underlying bone structure. Adjustments often need to be performed every four to six weeks to allow the periodontal ligaments to adapt to their new orientation.
After your teeth have been properly realigned Dr. Anderson can remove the orthodontic components. However, this is not the end of the process!
After the components have been uninstalled there will still be a modest amount of tension remaining in your periodontal ligaments. If it isn’t mitigated by using a retainer, the tension could cause your teeth to relapse out of their proper alignment.
A Hawley retainer is the most common option for preserving the corrected alignment of teeth. This removable piece of orthodontic acrylic that will be custom designed to comfortably conform to the unique shape of your mouth. It includes metal components designed to lock onto specific teeth.
If a specific area requires significant correction, Dr. Anderson might need to install a fixed retainer. This is a firm metal band that will be cemented behind the teeth with a strong dental adhesive.
If you live in Roy, Utah, and you have questions about retainers, you can always call 801-774-5437 to speak to seek further insights from a staff member at Anderson Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, Inc..