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Now that the braces fitted at Atwood Family Dental have been removed, you will need to use a retainer for a while to maintain your new alignment while the tension in your periodontal ligaments subsides.

Your new Hawley Retain helps to hold your teeth in place while the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments subsides. Wearing your retainer during the prescribed times and keeping it properly clean is critical to the realignment process. If your Hawley retainer is damaged you might have to use a retainer for a longer period of time.

You should always keep your retainer in its case, when you are not wearing it. It’s a good habit to simply keep the case with you, rather than improvise by keeping it in a napkin or a plastic bag. To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new retainer, or your retainer is damaged in some way, please call Atwood Family Dental at 432.337.6165 for advice or to schedule an appointment.