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Through the course of your routine adjustment sessions with Dr. Scott Vincent, your braces have aligned your teeth. In order to maintain your new smile and prevent your periodontal ligaments from relapsing, you will need to use a retainer.

A Hawley retainer is the most common type of retainer that our orthodontist recommends. You should expect to use the retainer for about the same amount of time it took for the braces to align your teeth. If any part of your retainer is bent or damaged, or if you fail to wear it during Dr. Scott Vincent’s prescribed times, it will likely increase the amount of time you need to use it.   

You should always keep your Hawley retainer in its case when you are not wearing it. It’s best kept in the case with you so you don’t have to 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 can brush your Hawley retainer twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to remove any residual plaque. If the retainer just needs some light refreshing throughout the day, you can soak it in a mixture of half antiseptic mouthwash and water.

If you have questions about how to clean and maintain your new Hawley retainer in Sandy, Utah, you should call Vincent Team Orthodontics at 801-495-2560 to seek further advice.