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Through the course of regularly scheduled adjustment appointments, the orthodontic specialists at Richmond Orthodontics have been able to gradually correct the alignment of your child’s teeth. Once this is done the braces components can be uninstalled.

However, this is not the end of the process. Latent tension from their adjustments will still lingering in their dental sockets and periodontal connective tissues. If it’s not addressed in some way, it could cause their teeth to once again drift out of their ideal position.

Your child will need to use an orthodontic retainer for a modest amount of time to ensure your teeth remain in their new alignment. This typically calls for Dr. Bryan Brassington to provide them with some form or retainer.

Hawley retainers are the most common way to prevent relapse after braces correction. This is basically a custom shaped piece of acrylic that fits into the upper portion of the mouth. It is removable, yet when worn in their mouth it is firmly held in place by a set of wires that lock onto specific teeth.

If two or more teeth in one area were significantly misaligned before braces Dr. Bryan Brassington might recommend installing a fixed retainer behind the corresponding teeth. It is a rigid metal band that he cements in place to firmly hold the teeth in place.

If you live in the Richmond, Virginia, and you have a question about your child’s retention needs, you can always call 804-740-7281 to speak to a staff member at Richmond Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic.