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If your son or daughter has only minor alignment issues with their permanent teeth, they might be a good candidate for a brand of clear plastic aligners.  This effective orthodontic solution might be able to correct their teeth without the need for the metal components of traditional braces.

Even after their teeth have been fully corrected there will still be some tension lingering in the periodontal ligaments that anchor their teeth in the sockets. If it’s not addressed by a removable retainer, it could cause their teeth to gradually drift out of their ideal alignment.   

In many of these cases, Dr. Ryan Lehmkuhler might be able to fit you for a clear plastic retainer. This simple mouth piece is made from a clear plastic material, similar to Invisalign®.

It’s important that they wear the retainer during the necessary times. The total duration of the retention phase will likely be the same as the time it took to initially correct the alignment of their teeth.

They can drink normally while the retainer is in their mouth. However, they will need to take it out when eating. When it isn’t in use the retainer should be kept in its provided case.

A gentle rinse in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash can help clear away any plaque and food particles. Any plaque buildup can be cleaned away with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive toothpaste.

If you have questions about your treatment, please visit our clinic in Dodge City, Kansas, and you have a question about retainers, you can always call 620-225-5154 to speak to a staff member at First Dental.