The Types of Orthodontic Retainers and Their Uses
There are two types of orthodontic retainers, the permanent and the removable, which orthodontists would recommend to you depending on your condition. The permanent retainer is bonded to your teeth or glued after braces while the removable retainer is worn per your orthodontist’s specifications, and this is the main difference between these two types of retainers.
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. It is advisable that whichever type of retainer you are prescribed to wear, that you understand the ups and downs of each kind with the explanation of your orthodontist.
Unlike removable retainers, permanent retainers are permanent or cannot be removed, as the name suggests that it cannot be taken out. Since this type of retainer is glued on your teeth, unwanted teeth are avoided from shifting, plus this very comfortable to use and is invisible when you smile since it is placed on the back of your teeth. 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. When patients use this kind of retainers, they can wear these for the rest of their lives because these are built sturdily, although replacements every few years might be needed due to wear and tear, and these do not require further orthodontic adjustments.
The very simple recommendation for those with crooked teeth is the use of removable retainers. Of all the retainer types, this is the one that will not give you concerns when you brush or floss your teeth, and are very easy to wear. This type will not help teeth in realigning, although these retainers are designed to hold your teeth in place. So this means, these retainers are only worn once the teeth are properly aligned and teeth are in place, thus their purpose is limited in a way.
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.
You can then maintain your beautiful smile by wearing your orthodontic retainers and by taking proper care of them that will last for years.
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