Retainers are tailor-made devices made of wires or clear plastic to maintain the teeth’s position after a teeth alignment method. This device is vital to hold them in place while the gums, bones, and muscles adapt to the positioning.
At Smile Manchester, we fit both types of retainers wherever possible after orthodontic treatment to massively reduce the chance that they move back to their original position before treatment. We provide two types of retainers.
Bonded Retainer– a metal wire fixed to the back of teeth. It can last years and not visible when looking at the teeth.
Removable retainer– a clear well-fitting retainer to keep teeth aligned and to be worn at night.
PERMANENT OR BONDED RETAINERS
Permanent Retainers include a solid wire tempered according to the shape of your newly aligned teeth. The wire is bonded to the back of your teeth. They are permanent because only the orthodontist can remove it when it’s due for removal. Orthodontists apply this procedure mostly in cases where relapse is most likely. For instance, the patient is a child who obviously cannot cope with removable retainers. Or it could be an adult whose teeth were formerly aggressively crooked.
- Not visible since it is glued at the back of the teeth
- There is no risk of losing because it’s permanent.
- Unlikely to face damage
- It does not affect speech.
- Long-lasting and saves money in the long run
- Chances of relapse are thin.
- Flossing and oral hygiene maintenance can be a challenge.
- Chances of gum disease due to tartar and plaque build-up
- It’s fixed permanently, and the metal wire can be bothersome.
How to clean Bonded Retainers
- Follow good dental hygiene. Brush, floss, and scrape your tongue regularly
- You may use a threader to floss underneath the wire of the permanent retainer and remove food, plaque, and tartar daily.
REMOVABLE OR CLEAR RETAINERS
Clear Retainers are made of plastic and can, and you can remove them whenever you desire. They take the shape of your newly aligned teeth accurately to fit and hold the position. They are also called moulded retainers because orthodontists make it according to the mould of the teeth they imprint.
- It is transparent and almost invisible
- It’s wearable for a long time, given the transparency.
- Holds the teeth accurately as aligned
- Shields the teeth against grinding and wear
- More affordable than other options
- Wearing it full-time can correct movement in teeth position.
- Not very long-lasting as Bonded Retainer
- High chances of losing because of colour and removability
- No room for adjustment but need replacement in case of teeth realignment.
- Irreparable if it breaks or cracks
- Likely to affect speech
- It can discolour over time and become yellowish.
- It can cause cavities because it can store liquids against the teeth.
How to clean Removable Retainers
- Take your retainer out when eating and remember to put it in its case.
- Clean the retainer after every meal with a toothbrush. Use warm water
- Your retainer should remain either in your mouth or in its case.
- Avoid direct exposure to sunlight and hot water, or they’ll easily warp.
- Soak your retainer in a stainless steel container with baking soda, vinegar, and castile soap to disinfect once a week
- You can use an ultrasonic cleaner to get rid of buildup or take it to the dentist otherwise.
The pros and cons aside, any retainer can be beneficial if you religiously maintain it. Your orthodontist will advise what’s best for you. It would also help if you contemplate your choices on time, money, and look since it will stick with you for months or years.
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