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Even after Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones removes your braces, there will still be some lingering tension left in the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth. You will need to use a retainer to help hold your teeth in their new alignment while this tension subsides. If your braces provided a significant amount of adjustment to the teeth in your smile, you might need to have a have a fixed retainer cemented in place for a while.

A fixed retainer is essentially a sturdy metal band that is cemented in place behind your teeth to help hold your teeth in their new alignment. Most people with a fixed retainer need to have it in their mouth for about as long as they wore braces.

Since the fixed retainer can’t be removed, it will require cleaning as part of 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.

If you find flossing between the teeth and around the gum line is a challenging, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed floss. The wax coating also helps the strand of floss slip into place easier.

If you have questions or concerns about how to maintain your new fixed retainer, please feel free to call Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones to schedule an appointment.