You will need to use a retainer after Gary Lee Breece DDS MS removes your braces. This will help your teeth to stay in their ideal alignment while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments subsides. If you don’t use your retainer during the prescribed times, it could allow your teeth to slip out of alignment or it could increase the duration of time you need to use a retainer.
Keeping your Hawley retainer will help to maintain your oral hygiene and reduce the chances of it becoming damaged or misaligned. This could also extend the duration you need to use it.
You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. It’s a good habit to simply keep the case with you. To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water.
You should brush your Hawley retainer with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste each day to remove plaque buildup and refresh it. You should then brush and floss your teeth as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. If your Hawley retainer needs further refreshing, you can soak it in a mixture that is half water and half antiseptic mouthwash.
If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer, or your retainer is bent or damaged, you should call Gary Lee Breece DDS MS at 580-233-2557 for advice or to schedule an appointment.