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Each of your child’s adjustment sessions at Dr. Shelley Tretter’s orthodontic clinic has served to gradually correct the alignment of their teeth. Once this is complete your son or daughter’s braces can be removed.

However, it’s important to note that there will still be some residual tension lingering in the periodontal ligaments that anchor their teeth. To prevent this from causing a relapse, Dr. Shelley Tretter will need to fit them for a retainer.

Hawley retainers are the most common type used by Dr. Shelley Tretter. This is a removable mouth piece that Dr. Shelley Tretter molds to the shape of their mouth. It is designed with special interlocking wires that correspond to specific teeth. This will help hold their upper teeth in their ideal position while the periodontal tension gradually dissipates.

Their Hawley retainer will need to be cleaned and maintained each day. This involves rinsing and lightly brushing all of the retainer’s surfaces. When they aren’t wearing it the retainer should be kept in the case provided.

If there was one area of their teeth that required significant correction Dr. Shelley Tretter might recommend installing a fixed retainer. This is a strong metal band adjusted to the shape of your lower teeth. Dr. Shelley Tretter will cement it into place with a strong dental adhesive to hold the teeth in their correct position.

If your child had braces installed at Dr. Shelley Tretter’s clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio, and you have a question about retainers, you can always call 513-697-9999 to speak to a staff member at Shelley A Tretter DMD MS INC.