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The Types of Orthodontic Retainers and Their Uses
Orthodontic retainers are composed of two types that orthodontists usually recommend, and these are the permanent and the removable. One main difference between a permanent and a removable retainer is that the first one are bonded or glued on to your teeth after braces, while the second one is to be 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. 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.
As the name suggests, permanent retainers are permanent, meaning it cannot be removed unlike the removable retainers. This kind of retainer is very comfortable, will prevent unwanted teeth from shifting because it is fixed, and is placed at the back of your teeth thus cannot be seen when you smile. When you wear this kind of retainer, you are assured that your teeth will never go back to its bad position because it is very efficient. 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. When it comes to brushing and flossing, this type of retainer will not give you problems unlike other retainer types, plus they are very easy to wear. These retainers may be designed to hold the teeth in place, but are not helping the teeth to realign. You can wear these retainers only when your teeth have been in place and are aligned properly, thus their action is limited somehow.
Part of your orthodontic treatment is the taking care of your retainers, and if you do so, you will be wearing the same one even after 20 years after you have received your treatment.
There are some recommendations that you can follow so you will implemented a successful care of your retainers.
Maintaining and preserving your retainers by brushing them with toothpaste every day, storing these if you are not wearing in a dilute mixture of mouth rinse with water, keeping these away from anything hot like boiling water, microwave oven or the dashboard of your car, and keeping retainers away from your pets like dogs and cats.
You can then maintain your beautiful smile by wearing your orthodontic retainers and by taking proper care of them that will last for years.