Know the Common Orthodontic Retainers Types and Their Importance
There are two types of orthodontic retainers, the permanent and the removable, which orthodontists would recommend to you depending on your condition. 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.
To begin with, unlike removable retainers, permanent retainers cannot be taken out, as the name suggests. 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. 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.
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. This type will not help teeth in realigning, although these retainers are designed to hold your teeth in place. 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.
To have a successful care of your orthodontic retainers, there are some easy ways that you can do.
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.
Have that confidence and beautiful smile then by wearing your orthodontic retainers, and make them last with proper care.