What Are Retainers For?

After a brace treatment has finished, it is possible for teeth to relapse shortly after and revert back to their original position. Because of this, your teeth need to be held in their new position while your gums and jaw bone “firm up”.

To do this we use either a fixed and removable retainer over a number of years.

Our jaws are continually growing as we age, meaning our teeth can become more crooked. This is part of the normal aging process, and can still happen after a braces treatment. To combat this, we suggest the use of retainers.

The amount of time spent wearing them can be gradually reduced over a period of years, but occasional use is recommended in the long term to keep your smile the way you want it in later life.

Pros of Fixed Retainers

  • Permanent retainers are fitted to your teeth so you don’t have to worry about forgetting where they are
  • Significantly reduce the chance of your teeth migrating back to their original positions
  • Permanent retainer are glued to the back of your teeth meaning no one else will know they are there!

Cons of Fixed Retainers

  • Flossing your teeth attached to the retainer can take a little longer, but we will provide the tools to make it as easy as possible
  • Fixed retainers are more susceptible to buildup, making your oral routine and dental cleanings more important

Pros of Removable Retainers

  • Multiple types of removable retains to choose from, including almost invisible clear retainers
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Custom formed to fit directly into your mouth in the most comfortable way possible
  • Simply remove your retainer to brush and floss your teeth as normal

Cons of Removable Retainers

  • You will need to keep your retainer case handy, as it must be taken out before eating, playing sports, and other activities
  • A metal wire will sit across your teeth which can be noticeable
  • A removable retainer can slightly affect speech while it is being worn

The choice of retainer is yours. We suggest making the decision with your lifestyle and best interests at heart.

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