In recent years an increasing number of adults with misaligned teeth have been seeking out orthodontists like Dr. Wendy Chen to explore their treatment options. For a patient with a significant alignment issue she will often recommend a treatment plan that incorporated traditional braces.
This realignment process requires you to routinely attend adjustment appointments to gradually stretch the periodontal connective tissues that anchor their teeth in their gums. With consistent timing and execution, these adjustments will bring your teeth into their ideal alignment.
Even after this has been achieved there will still be some latent tension in your periodontal ligaments. If it’s not addressed by using a retainer, it could cause your realigned teeth to once again drift out of their ideal position.
Dr. Wendy Chen commonly provides Hawley retainers to prevent relapse after uninstalling braces. It is essentially a custom shaped piece of orthodontic acrylic that fits into the upper portion of the mouth. When worn the removable dental appliance will lock your teeth in place.
If a specific area needed significant correction she might recommend installing a fixed retainer. This is a rigid metal band that she cements in place to firmly hold the teeth in place throughout the retention process.
If you live in the Colleyville, Texas, and you have a question about retainers you can always call 817-581-4031 to speak to a staff member at Wendy Chen Orthodontics.