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Now that the braces installed by our Simpson Dental Associates team have helped you achieve your ideal smile, they can be removed. However, once your braces are removed, there will still be some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor the teeth into your mouth.

If this residual tension is not effectively countered, it will gradually pull your teeth out of their ideal alignment, which is known as relapse. To keep this from happening, your orthodontist, Dr. Mark Simpson, will fit you for a retainer in Charleston, West Virginia.

Wearing your retainer during the prescribed times will help you hold your teeth in their ideal alignment until your periodontal ligaments adjust to their new positions. As a general rule, you can expect to wear your retainer for about as long as you wore braces.

There are a few different factors that might influence the type of retainer we give you.

The most common type of retainer is known as a Hawley. It’s basically a thin, acrylic appliance that is molded to the shape of the roof of your mouth. It is removable and it securely attaches to your teeth with wires.

We might recommend a clear, plastic retainer if your teeth only needed minor adjustment. The clear, plastic material makes it hard for people to notice that the retainer is even in the mouth.

A fixed retainer is necessary if your teeth, particularly your front teeth, needed a significant adjustment. A fixed retainer is usually a firm, metal wire that is cemented behind your teeth.

It’s completely natural and expected for your mouth to produce more saliva when you first start wearing your retainer. After a few days, your mouth will adapt to the retainer and your saliva production will return to normal.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you are curious about what type of retainer we might prescribe, you can call Simpson Dental Associates at 304-342-6162 for a consultation.