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We can often correct minor misalignment issues with a patient’s teeth with clear plastic aligners like Invisalign® or by installing traditional braces into their mouth. Once the teeth have achieved their ideal alignment there will still be some latent tension left in the periodontal connective tissues that anchor them to your gums.

If it’s not addressed by a retainer, the tension could cause your teeth to relapse and gradually drift out of their corrected position. The type of retainer that our dentist recommends will be based on the characteristics of your mouth and the amount of correction your teeth needed.

In some of these cases Dr. Matthew Olmsted might be able to provide you with a clear plastic retainer. The amount of time it takes for the tension to dissipate is typically the same as the time it took to adequately realign your teeth.

When the clear plastic retainer is in your mouth you can drink and speak normally. However, you will need to take it out before you eat. Anytime the retainer isn’t in your mouth you should keep it in the case provided.

You can clean and refresh the clear plastic retainer by soaking it in a mixture of diluted antiseptic mouthwash and cold water. If you notice some plaque buildup it can be gently brushed away with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.

If you live in the Oak Ridge, North Carolina, area and you are having a problem with your retainer, we invite you to call 336-441-8301 to set up an appointment at Olmsted Orthodontics.