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Through the course of multiple adjustment sessions, your orthodontist has realigned your teeth to achieve your ideal smile. Once your braces have been removed, you will need to use a retainer to keep your teeth from relapsing out of position. If your front teeth, particularly your lower front teeth, needed significant realignment, your orthodontist might recommend a fixed retainer.

This sturdy metal band will be cemented in place behind your teeth in critical locations. This will hold them in their new positions.

Since the fixed retainer can’t be removed, it will require daily brushing and flossing. To help brush away plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach places, you might want to try using interdental brushes.

If you find it difficult to floss between your teeth and around the fixed retainer, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss. The wax coating helps the strand of floss slip into place easier.

An oral irrigator or dental water jet like Waterpik® can help clean food debris from the gumline and other hard-to-reach places around the fixed retainer. Just keep in mind that it cannot fully replace dental floss for effectively cleaning between teeth and the gumline.

If you have questions about the best way to clean and maintain your fixed retainer in Gallup, New Mexico, you can always call 505-863-8100 to speak to a member of the staff at Ortho*Dental, Inc.