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Did you know that the alignment of your teeth contributes a lot to your facial expressions? It also affects the abilities and health of your teeth. Even minor alignment issues can gradually damage your tooth enamel, gradually causing attrition in the dental structures, or even minor fractures.

If minor alignment issues are addressed early-on, they can often be corrected by braces. This may come in the form of traditional wire and bracket braces, or clear plastic braces such as Invisalign®.

It’s important to know that once your teeth have achieved their ideal alignment, there may still be some tension lingering in the periodontal ligaments under your tooth sockets. Without treatment, this may eventually cause your teeth to drift out of position.

To prevent this occurrence, Dr. Deji Fashemo will offer you a retainer. For many minor alignment corrections, a clear plastic retainer is sufficient. This simple mouthpiece is made from a soft thermoplastic material similar to Invisalign® aligner trays.

The total time you wear your retainer will probably be equal to the time it took to correct your smile. Cleaning and maintaining your clear plastic retainer each day will keep from extending this time period.

You can drink normally while you have the retainer in your mouth. However, you’ll need to take it out to prevent damage while you eat. When it’s not in your mouth, please keep it in the case provided. Improving this case with a plastic bag or a napkin should only be a last resort.

Please remember to rinse your retainer each time you take it out. This will clear away any plaque or food particles. The clear plastic retainer can be soaked each night in a mixture of half cold water and half antiseptic mouthwash for a few minutes. You can also use denture cleaner if your wish.

If you notice any plaque buildup, you can gently brush the retainer with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and nonabrasive toothpaste. Abrasive toothpaste could dull the plastic material, making it more noticeable while in your mouth.

If you live in the Dallas or Allen, Texas, area and are interested in Invisalign®, you should call 972.947.2000 for Dallas and 972.947.2200 for Allen to schedule a consultation with Dr. Deji Fashemo.