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Each braces adjustment at Dr. Kevin Harris’s orthodontic clinic served to tension the orthodontic hardware to bring your teeth closer to their ideal alignment. Time and multiple adjustments will eventually fully correct the position and orientation of your teeth.

Once this has been achieved Dr. Kevin Harris can uninstall your braces. However, this is not the end of the realignment process. Without the consistent use of a retainer, your teeth could gradually migrate out of their new position, leading to further complications.

A Hawley retainer is removable and can be designed to conform to the shape of your mouth. It typically includes special interlocking wires that correspond to specific teeth. This will help hold your upper teeth in their ideal position while the tension in your periodontal ligaments fades.

The Hawley retainer will need to be cleaned and maintained every day. This involves lightly rinsing and brushing all the retainer’s surfaces. When you aren’t wearing the retainer should be kept in the case provided.

If you had braces installed in your mouth Dr. Kevin Harris’s orthodontic clinic in Spring, Texas, and you have a question about retainers, you can always call 281.376.4533 to speak to a staff member at Comfort Dental Excellence.