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Now that your orthodontist, Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter, has successfully tuned your braces to achieve your ideal smile, they can be removed. At the same time, there is still a modest amount of residual tension in the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in their sockets. If it’s not counteracted in some way, this tension could gradually pull your teeth out of their new positions.

To prevent this from happening, Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter will fit you for a retainer in Astoria, New York. This is usually done immediately after your braces have been removed. The most common type is known as a Hawley retainer, which is named after its inventor, Dr. Charles Hawley. If Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter feels you might be a candidate for another style of retainer, she will discuss your options with you.

You will need to wear the retainer for a specific amount of time each day. As the residual tension in the periodontal ligaments starts to subside, Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter might adjust the time that you need to use the retainer. In most cases, you will need to use a retainer for the same amount of time it took to realign your teeth with braces.

When you first start wearing a retainer, you might salivate abnormally. In time, your mouth should adapt to the presence of the retainer and things should return to normal.

If you are due to have your braces removed and you’d like to understand your retainer options, you can call 718-278-2441 to talk to a member of the staff at Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics.