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Now that Dr. Federico Lago has successfully adjusted your teeth to their ideal alignment, your braces can be removed. Even after your braces have been removed a retention phase is required to make sure your teeth will stay in their ideal alignment for a lifetime.

Even in your new alignment, there will still be some residual tension in the periodontal ligaments anchoring your teeth in your mouth. You will need to use a retainer during specific times of day while this tension subsides.

There are three different types of retainer options that Dr. Federico Lago might recommend for you.

A Hawley-style retainer is the most common type of retainer he recommends. This is basically a thin, tongue-shaped piece of acrylic, custom fit to the shape of your mouth. It’s removable, yet when it’s in your mouth it will be held securely in place by a set of wires that interlock with your teeth.

Dr. Federico Lago might recommend a clear plastic retainer if your braces only provided a minor adjustment to your teeth, or you only wore braces for a short period of time. These retainers are made from a durable plastic material molded to your teeth in the new bite pattern.

Fixed retainers are called for if you needed braces to provide a significant amount of realignment of your front or lower teeth. This is a sturdy wire that is cemented in place behind your teeth to keep them from moving out of alignment.

If you are due to have braces removed and you have questions about what type of retainer you will need, you can call Dr. Federico Lago’s office in Peabody, Massachusetts at 978.535.2500 for a consultation.