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Now that the braces installed by Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden have successfully adjusted your teeth to their ideal alignment, they 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. While this tension subsides, you will need to use a retainer.

There are three different types of retainer options that Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden might recommend for you.

A Hawley-style retainer is the most common type of retainer. It is essentially a thin, tongue-shaped piece of acrylic, custom fit to the shape of your mouth. The retainer is secured in your mouth by a set of wires that lock into specific teeth.

A clear plastic retainer might be called for if you only needed braces for a short period of time and only required minor realignment. Clear plastic retainers are very similar to clean plastic aligners.

If your braces were needed to provide a significant amount of adjustment, Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden might recommend installing a fixed retainer. This is basically a durable wire retainer that is cemented in place behind your teeth.

If you are due to have braces removed soon and you have questions about what type of retainer is right for you, you can call Derby Family Dentistry at 316-788-4000 to set up a consultation.