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Now that your braces have realigned your smile, they can be removed. However, there is still one more step involved in making sure your teeth maintain their new alignment for years to come.

During your regular adjustment sessions with your orthodontist, Dr. Bryan Brassington, your braces applied tension to the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth into their sockets. Once your braces have been removed, a small amount of residual tension still remains in the ligaments. If it’s not counteracted in some way, it will gradually pull your teeth out of their ideal alignment. The best way to prevent this from happening is to have Dr. Bryan Brassington fit you for a retainer in Richmond, Virginia.

You should expect to use a retainer for the same amount of time that it took your braces to realign your teeth. If you don’t wear your retainer during the prescribed times, or if it is damaged, it might increase the amount of time you need to use it. As time passes, we might adjust the times you need to wear your retainer, based on how your periodontal ligaments respond.

It’s natural for your mouth to salivate a little more for the first few days after you start using a retainer. This is natural. After a few days, things should return to normal.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you have questions about retainers, you can always call Richmond Orthodontics at 804-740-7281 for a consultation.