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Even after Dr. Dwayne Patritto removes your braces, there will still be some lingering tension left in the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth in your mouth. As a result you will need to have some type of retainer. Without a retainer this residual tension can cause your teeth to relapse and slowly drift away from their ideal alignment.

Dr. Dwayne Patritto will sometimes recommend a fixed retainer, if your teeth, needed a significant realignment. This is even more likely for your bottom teeth. A fixed retainer is basically a rigid metal band that Dr. Dwayne Patritto cements behind your teeth to hold them fast. As a general rule of thumb you will need to wear a fixed retainer for about as long as you had braces.

The fixed retainer will require additional focus in your daily oral hygiene routine. To help brush away plaque and food particles from hard to reach places, you might want to turn to interdental brushes. You could also try using oral irrigators or a dental water jet.

Some people find flossing the teeth around their fixed retainer to be a challenge. In a situation like this, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed floss. Regardless of your preferred method, if you don’t floss the gum line around these teeth it increases your chances of developing gum disease.

If you have questions or concerns about how to maintain your new fixed retainer, you should call Patritto Orthodontics at 641-682-8143 to schedule an appointment.