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Over the course of multiple adjustment sessions with your orthodontist, Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona, your braces have moved your teeth into their ideal alignment. However, this is only the first step in providing you with the kind of winning smile that will last you a lifetime.

Even after your braces have been removed there will still be a small amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that secure your teeth in their sockets. If this tension isn’t addressed, it will gradually pull your teeth out of alignment again.

Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona will fit you for a custom retainer immediately after your braces have been removed. Wearing your retainer during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually subsides.

As the retention process goes on, Dr. Bryan Brassington, Dr. Curt Wiltshire, or Dr. Kevin Bibona might alter the duration and times of day recommended to use a retainer. You should expect to use the retainer for as long as you needed to wear braces.

It’s natural for you to salivate a little more for the first few days when using a retainer. This is to be expected. After awhile, your mouth will adapt and things will return to normal.

If your braces in Richmond, Virginia, are about to be removed and you have questions about retainers, you can call Richmond Orthodontics at 804-740-7281 to ask a question.