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Through the course of their routine adjustment appointments at Dieguez Smiles, your child’s braces have brought their teeth into their ideal alignment. While this is certainly a moment worth of celebration, it is not the end of the orthodontic realignment process.

The periodontal ligaments that anchor each of your child’s teeth in place still have residual tension that is leftover from the iterative adjustments. If it isn’t counteracted in some way, it could cause their teeth to relapse out of position. This could even require braces to be reinstalled to restore the proper alignment.

To prevent this from happening, Dr. Bertha Dieguez will fit your son or daughter for one of three types of retainers.

Hawley-style retainers are the most common type of removable retainer. This is a thin, custom-shaped piece of acrylic that fits over the upper teeth. It is secured by a set of wires that lock onto specific teeth.

A clear, plastic retainer might be needed if their braces only provided a minor realignment. This type of retainer is challenging for the casual observer to notice.

If a particular area of the smile needed significant realignment by braces, Dr. Bertha Dieguez might recommend installing a fixed retainer behind the teeth. This is more common for lower front teeth that needed significant realignment. This comes in the form of a sturdy metal band that is cemented in place. In many cases, a fixed retainer might be needed to hold the bottom front teeth while using a removable Hawley retainer on the upper teeth.

If your child is due to have their braces removed and they have questions about retainers in Birmingham, Alabama, you can call 205-980-4744 to consult with a staff member at Dieguez Smiles.