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An orthodontist like Dr. Laura Rothe can often correct minor deviations in the alignment of a patient’s teeth with a system of clear plastic aligners like Invisalign® or traditional braces. After your teeth have achieved their ideal alignment you can stop using the braces, or she will uninstall the braces hardware from your mouth.

However, there will still be some latent tension left in the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth into your gums. If it’s not addressed by the prescribed use of a retainer it could cause your teeth to relapse and gradually drift out of their corrected position.

If the deviations in your dentition were minor Dr. Laura Rothe might be able to provide you with a removable clear plastic retainer. The amount of time it takes for the tension to abate will likely be the same as the time it took to fully correct the alignment of your teeth.

While you are wearing the clear plastic retainer in your mouth you can drink and speak as you normally would. However, you will need to take it out before eating a snack or a meal. When it isn’t in use, you should keep the retainer in the provided case.

Maintaining the clear plastic retainer requires refreshing it in a mixture of diluted antiseptic mouthwash and cold water. Any plaque buildup can be cleaned away with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive toothpaste.

If you live in the area surrounding Elkhorn, Nebraska, and you have noticed developing alignment issues with your teeth, you should call 402.289.3232 to explore the orthodontic options available at Skyline Orthodontics.