What are Retainer Teeth?

There is a significant number of people, including children and adults, that have had to get their teeth straightened. However, once the braces or aligners come off, it is not the end of the treatment.

The braces and aligners bring your teeth into a straighter position but following the treatment, you need to wear retainers. The purpose of retainers is to keep the teeth in the corrected position.

What are Retainers?

They are custom-made appliances that keep your teeth in place. They are frequently prescribed following orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to help keep your bite in place after it has been reshaped or corrected.

Types of Retainers

Removable and permanent retainers are the two basic types. Your orthodontist will assist you in determining the ideal type for you based on the reason you need braces and any conditions you may have.

You can get a retainer of a single type for both the upper and lower teeth. However, at times, you may be recommended to get a removable retainer for the upper teeth and a permanent one for the lower teeth.

Removable Retainers

The benefit of removable retainers is that you can take them out when you need to. These are either wire (a combination of wire and plastic-like material) or clear retainers, which are trays made from a plastic-like material.

The disadvantage of removable retainers is that one can lose them easily, especially children. Additionally, they can get damaged when left lying around, can cause your mouth to produce excess saliva, and are more likely to have bacteria grow and live on them.

Fixed/Permanent Retainers

A solid or braided wire is curled to fit the form of your newly straightened teeth in case of permanent retainers. To restrict your front teeth from moving out of place again, the wire is cemented (bonded) to the inside of your teeth. They are also known as fixed, lingual wire, or bonded retainers, and are most commonly utilized on lower teeth. They can only be removed by a dentist or orthodontist.

When an orthodontist believes the teeth are very prone to relapse, or when a person (such as a small kid) will not follow the directions for wearing a removable retainer, they will suggest permanent retainers. Although some are removed at some point because of excessive plaque and tartar buildup or gum irritation, the vast majority are left in place indefinitely.

The benefits of having fixed retainers are not having to worry about complying with instructions for how long to wear it throughout the day, they are invisible, do not affect speech, cannot be misplaced, and do not damage easily.

Among the disadvantages, keeping a healthy oral hygiene routine is a concern for the patients. This is why there is a risk of developing gum disease. Some people do not like that the retainers will be attached permanently to their teeth and they will have no immediate control over them. Furthermore, the metal retainer teeth wire can irritate the tongue.

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At Randall Dentistry, you can get quality and affordable dental treatments in Dallas, including orthodontic treatment and the installation of retainer teeth. Call or visit us to learn more or book your appointment.

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