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A dentist like Dr. Myoungsoo Choi will often provide a Hawley retainer to help patients maintain the position and orientation of their teeth after traditional braces have been removed. It is a removable dental appliance produced from a special acrylic material. Most of Hawley retainers include strong wires that will lock the unit in place.

While it is meant to be very durable your new Hawley retainer will also need some basic care and good oral hygiene habits. If it is bent, damaged or suffers from excess wear and tear, it could limit the retainer’s effectiveness and increase the amount of time you need to use it.

You should always remove your retainer before eating. This will prevent food particles from getting trapped under the retainer and keeps it safe from damage. Ideally, you should always store it in the provided case.

When needed your retainer can be refreshed by soaking it for a few minutes in an equal mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash. It would also be helpful to lightly brush away any plaque buildup with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a nonabrasive toothpaste each morning and evening.

If you had your teeth corrected by braces at Dr. Myoungsoo Choi’s orthodontic clinic in Katy, Texas, and you have a problem with your retainer, you can always call 832-930-7875 to set up an appointment at Cornerstone Orthodontics.