Types of Retainers

Crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw can greatly hamper your smile, making you feel conscious of your appearance. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. You can get dental braces to fix such issues.

Having said that, even after you have gotten braces, you still require support to keep your teeth in place once the braces are removed. This support is provided by retainers.

What do Retainers do to Your Teeth?

After your teeth have been straightened with the help of braces, there is still a chance that they can go back to their original position, particularly during the first four to six months. The purpose of the retainer is to prevent this situation.

Now that you know what are retainers, let’s get to know about their different types.

There are two major types of retainers. These include:

Removable Retainers

As the name suggests, this type can be removed at any time. So, when you want to brush, floss, or eat your food, you can put them aside and do the needful without any discomfort. However, they come with certain side effects as well. Most importantly, they are more prone to get lost or damaged. Bacteria may also grow on them. Furthermore, these are known to cause more saliva production.

It is recommended to keep them in a case when not in use. This way, there will be limited chances of your retainers getting lost or dirty. Also, you must use them as instructed. If you are not wearing them as often as you are prescribed or in the wrong manner, you won’t get the desired results. This means that your teeth may become crooked again.

Removable retainers are further categorized into two types:

Hawley Retainers

Hawley retainers, also known as wire retainers, are made using plastic, metal wire, or acrylic. They are shaped in a way so that they can fit the inside of lower teeth and the roof of your mouth. The metal wire helps to maintain the straightened teeth in alignment.

These are adjustable, durable, and can be repaired if broken. On the flip side, it is more noticeable, can impact your speech, and may cause irritation as well.

Clear Plastic Retainers

Also called moulded retainers, clear plastic retainers are tailored to fit your teeth’s new position. Over the last few years, they have gained immense popularity and are now widely used for orthodontic treatment.

As they are invisible, people are less reluctant to remove them. Resultantly, there are fewer chances of relapse. The major drawback associated with them is the lack of adjustment. You will have to get them replaced altogether since they cannot be readjusted. Also, clear retainers cannot be repaired. They can get discolored too with time, becoming more visible.

Permanent Retainers

They are made using a braider or solid wire. This wire is curved in a way that it fits the new shape of your straightened teeth. It is bonded inside of the front teeth, ensuring it does not move from its place.

Since they are permanent, you cannot remove them on your own. In case you want them removed, you will have to visit your dentist.  They are mostly used when teeth are more likely to relapse and are mostly recommended for children as they are not careful in following the instructions prescribed for removable retainers.

These are not visible, do not affect the speech, cannot get damaged, misplaced, or lost. Furthermore, they don’t have to be removed unless it is a case of plaque build-up or other rare issues. Talking about their disadvantages, the use of permanent retainers may pose challenges in maintaining oral hygiene, which may cause dental health problems.

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