The teeth in your mouth are anchored into the sockets by a series of periodontal ligaments. Through the course of your regular adjustment sessions with Dr. Jerrold Hennes these ligaments have been stretched by your braces to bring your teeth into their ideal alignment. Even after your braces have been removed, there will still be some lingering tension in these periodontal ligaments. This is why it is standard practice for Dr. Jerrold Hennes to fit you for a retainer.
You will need to wear your Hawley retainer during the prescribed times. This can vary depending on the unique circumstances of your mouth. Dr. Jerrold Hennes will advise you of these times and may adjust them as you go depending on how well your teeth are responding to using the retainer.
One thing that is for certain, is that if you don’t wear your retainer during these prescribed times, or your Hawley retainer is damaged, it will increase the total amount of time you need to use a retainer. If all goes well, most people only need to wear a retainer for about as long as they had braces.
You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. Try to keep the case with you, rather than improvise by keeping it in a napkin or a plastic bag. To refresh your retainer, you can soak it in a mixture of one-half antiseptic mouthwash and one-half cold water.
You should brush your Hawley retainer twice a day, with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste each day to remove plaque buildup and refresh it. If your Hawley retainer needs additional refreshing, you can soak it in a mixture that is half water and half antiseptic mouthwash.
If you have questions about how to best care for your Hawley retainer, you can call Dr. Jerrold Hennes at (760) 598.1707 to schedule an appointment.