In order to reposition your teeth to their ideal alignment, your braces were installed in your mouth by your orthodontist, Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla. To do this, he applied progressive tension to the hardware at your routine adjustment sessions. This effectively stretched the periodontal ligaments that anchor each one of your teeth in its specific socket.
Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla can remove your braces once your teeth have reached their optimal alignment. Once your braces have been removed, you can enjoy a better-functioning mouth and a winning smile. At the same time, there will still be some minor tension remaining in the periodontal ligaments. If it’s not counteracted in some way, this could cause your teeth to relapse their positions in your mouth.
The most effective method for preventing this is to have Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla provide you with a custom-fitted retainer. Wearing it during the prescribed times will help your teeth maintain their ideal alignment as the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments gradually abates.
Your mouth might produce more saliva when you start using a retainer. This is to be expected. In a few days, your mouth will likely adapt and normalize.
Dr. Shabbir Adenwalla might change the instructions about wearing the retainer based on the progress of your smile.
If your retainer is damaged or if you fail to use it during the prescribed times, it will likely increase the total treatment time. Most people need to use a retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to completely realign their teeth.
If you are due to have your braces removed soon and you have queries about retainers in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, you can always call 440-243-9575 to speak to someone at the office of Shabbir Adenwalla, DMD, MS.