What Happens After Braces
Once you get your braces off you will be fitted for a retainer. A retainer holds your teeth in place so that they will stay straight and not waste those years in braces. Your teeth are held in place by periodontal ligaments. These are a network of fibers that keep your teeth in their place on the jawbone.
When you get braces, your teeth are moved along the jawline to straighten them out or to correct your bite, among other reasons. Since they aren’t anchored in your jaw, it takes time for the periodontal ligaments to adjust to the new position of your teeth. This can take several months. In that time, your retainer will do the job of holding the teeth in their new positions.
You’ll get fitted for your retainer the same day your braces come off. The orthodontist will take x-rays or just bite impressions. There are several kinds, the Hawley Retainer, the clear plastic retainer and the fixed retainer. Your orthodontist will determine which is best for you. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (907) 276-7366.