The big day is finally in sight, your teeth have straightened and your braces are about to come off! And then your dentist says “Let’s discuss the different types of retainers available to you”.
That’s right, removing your braces isn’t the end of it. Retainers need to be worn for at least six months after your braces come off to make sure your teeth don’t try to move back to their original position and the improvements to your smile become permanent. But it’s not so bad, all types of retainers, after braces, are relatively comfortable.
Retainers fall into two categories, permanent and removable. Your orthodontist will give you advice on which is most suitable for your condition or may suggest a combination of retainers types, usually permanent for the bottom teeth and removable for the top. There are also different options to choose from in removable retainers, so now we’ll give you an overview of the types and look at the pros and cons of each.
This type of retainer is made up of a wire, either solid or braided, which is fitted to the inside of your front teeth and cemented in place. They’re usually used on the lower front teeth and are also called fixed, lingual wire or bonded retainers. Only your dentist can put them in place and remove them.
As there are two types of a removable retainer, first we’ll look at the general pros and cons, and then the specifics of each type.
1. Hawley (also called Wire) and
2. Clear plastic retainers.
Hawley retainers use a wire attached to a plastic or acrylic shield that is shaped to the roof of your mouth, the wire runs along the outside of the teeth and holds them in place.
Clear plastic retainers are molded to fit the position of your teeth perfectly.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to each type of retainer. If you’re not sure which is right for you, book an appointment with us here at Doral Sedation Dentistry and we’ll be able to help you make the best choice for your particular needs and preferences.