Giving It To You Straight For A Life Time
Phew- you’ve made it to the finish line, but it’s not exactly over yet. Straight teeth require an upkeep. Don’t Fret! You won’t have a mouth full of metal or monthly visits any longer. However, if you plan on keeping your new perfect smile, retainers will become your new best friend.
What Are Retainers?
Retainers can either be made up of plastic (essix), metal, or a thin wire that lies on the inside of your teeth. The retainer holds your teeth into the place they were in once the braces are removed. Your teeth will always want to go back to their original positions, but with a wearing a retainer your teeth will always stay aligned!
What Kind Of Retainer Is Right For Me?!
As previously stated, there are different kinds of retainers. The two most commonly used in our office is permanent retainers, or an essix. Both serve the same purpose, however, have differences.
An essix or removable retainer looks very similar to an Invisalign tray. We typically tell our patients to make sure they wear it every night when they go to bed. To clean this retainer, you must clean them every day with dish soap. We also recommend using retainer bright to keep them clear in color!
- You are able to remove them making it very easy to brush and floss
- Removable retainers are made from a mold of your teeth, so they are designed to perfectly fit your teeth
- Let’s face it, most of us are forgetful. Because these retainers are removable, you may forget to put them in ultimately causing your teeth to shift
- You cannot keep these retainers in when you eat, so if you are told to wear them all day you must keep your case handy
Permanent retainers or splints consist of a thin wire that lies on the inside of the front teeth. At first, you might notice this wire with your tongue but after a couple of days you won’t realize its there. This thin wire is glued on to your teeth preventing it from coming out as an essix would.
- You do not have to worry about putting this retainer in at night since it is a permanent fixture in your mouth
- This optimizes your retention since it is in your mouth 100% of the time.
- The permanent retainer is glued to the back of your teeth making it completely invisible
- Being that the retainer is glued to the back of your teeth, it makes it a little more challenging to floss
- You are more susceptible to build up because of the fixture glued to your teeth
Before you are de bonded sit down with your doctor to discuss which option is the best for you!