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Once your Niles Dental orthodontist has removed your braces, you will need to wear a retainer so you can maintain the new alignment of your teeth. Without a retainer, the residual tension in your periodontal ligaments will slowly pull your teeth out of place. A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer Dr. Raymond R. Niles recommends for patients.

If your Hawley retainer is damaged, or if you don’t wear it during the prescribed times, you might have to use the appliance for a longer period of time.

A Hawley retainer is made of a molded acrylic material and a set of wires that anchor the appliance firmly in your mouth. The retainer is removable and easy to clean.

When you are not wearing the retainer, you should always keep it in the case we provided. It’s best to keep the case with you so you don’t have to store the appliance in a napkin or a plastic bag. To refresh and clean your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water.

When you brush your teeth, you should take your retainer out of your mouth and give it a light brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste. This will remove any residual plaque food particles and keep your Hawley retainer fresh and pristine.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new retainer in Woodbridge, Virginia, you should call Niles Dental at 703.494.4101 to schedule an appointment.