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After your braces come off, the doctor will give you a retainer to wear. No matter what type of braces you wear a retainer is a necessary part of the process. Although your orthodontics do the hard work of moving your teeth and jaw ligaments into their proper positions, they need to stay that way to settle into their new spots. That is a job for your retainer. Without it, your teeth will drift back into their original alignment and you will need more orthodontic work.

Our doctor, Dr. Laura Rothe will fit you for a retainer after she removes your braces. There are two basic types of retainers: fixed and removable. A fixed retainer is cemented in place behind your upper teeth and can’t be removed except by the doctor. Hard and tough foods, grinding your teeth or a blow to your face or mouth can damage it. But you may not know that it is broken until you notice your teeth starting to move. If you don’t take out your removable retainer for sports or meals, or do not keep it in its case when you are not wearing it, you run the risk of damaging it. Retainers are expensive to replace, and it is important that you follow the doctor’s instructions for cleaning and caring for it.

If you do damage your retainer, it is important that you contact the doctor right away to schedule an appointment to have it repaired or replaced. Until then, you should stick to eating soft foods, and wear a mouth guard when you sleep.

If you are thinking about orthodontics in Elkhorn, Nebraska, we would be happy to see you for a consultation at Skyline Orthodontics. If you would like to make an appointment, call 402.289.3232 today to schedule your visit.