Know the Common Orthodontic Retainers Types and Their Importance

Orthodontists would recommend to you either of the two kinds of orthodontic retainers, and these are the removable and the permanent types. The main condition that separates between a permanent retainer and a removable is self-explanatory, which means that the permanent retainer is bonded to your teeth or glued on thus cannot be removed, while the removable retainer can be removed and worn based on the specifications of your orthodontist.

There are some kinds of removable retainers that can move teeth in order to align the teeth, although generally these retainers have the main purpose of preventing teeth from shifting after being aligned. No matter which kind of retainer you will be advised to wear, it is better that you talk to your orthodontist about the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

As the name suggests, permanent retainers are permanent, meaning it cannot be removed unlike the removable retainers. This retainer is placed on the back of your teeth thus cannot be seen as you smile, is very comfortable, and will prevent unwanted teeth from moving since you are always wearing them. By wearing a permanent type of retainer, its efficiency in holding your teeth to its new position will be assured and thus will not go back to how they were before. These retainers are built sturdily and thus can be worn throughout the patient’s life, do not need to be adjusted by your orthodontist, although you have to replace them every few years for wear and tear.

In the case of those patients with crooked teeth, the more common recommendation is to use removable retainers. This type is the more easy to wear and does not pause concerns when you floss or brush your teeth. These retainers may be designed to hold the teeth in place, but are not helping the teeth to realign. The action of this kind of retainers is somehow restricted because they can only be worn after your teeth have been aligned properly and in place.

Even after 20 years when you had your orthodontic treatment, of you take good care of your retainers, you can wear the same ones.

There are some recommendations that you can follow so you will implemented a successful care of your retainers.

You can follow these manners of brushing these retainers with toothpaste daily, or store retainers in a dilute mixture of mouth rinse with water when not being worn, keep your retainers away from areas or things that are hot like dashboard of the car, boiling water or microwave oven, and keeping these retainers away from animals like your cats and dogs.

Maintain that beautiful smile then by wearing your orthodontic retainers and taking proper care of them to last for years.

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