The Hawley retainer provided to you by Dr. Dustin Roden-Johnson at his orthodontic clinic is designed and intended to hold your teeth in the correct position created by your braces. Wearing your retainer at the prescribed times is a necessary element of preventing your teeth from relapsing and drifting out of their ideal position.
The Hawley retainer provided by Dr. Roden-Johnson is a removable piece of dental grade acrylic that has been designed to match the shape of your mouth. It also incorporates rigid wires that lock in place with specific teeth. This creates an effective system to hold your upper teeth in the correct position.
The Hawley retainer will need daily care and cleaning to ensure its maximum effect. If some part of it is bent or suffers from excess wear and tear, it could cause problems that increase the amount of time you need to use a retainer.
You will need to take your Hawley retainer out before eating. This will prevent food particles from getting trapped under the retainer to prevent unnecessary damage. It’s best to develop a simple habit of keeping your retainer case with you, so you don’t have to improvise with a napkin or plastic bag.
You can refresh your Hawley retainer by soaking it for a few minutes in an equal mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. Then each evening you will need to give it a light brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste.
If you had the alignment of your teeth corrected by braces at Eagle Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic in Eagle, Colorado, and you have a question about how to best maintain your retainer, you can call 970-328-1075 to speak to a staff member.