Did you know that over 4 million people in the United States wear braces? After the braces come off, the next step is to invest in retainers to keep the teeth straight for years to come.
There are different types of retainers that you can choose from to do the job.
Here are the types of retainers after braces that keep your teeth looking perfect.
Clear Vacuum Form Retainers
Clear removable retainers are becoming a more popular option for orthodontic retainers. This is because it gives the appearance of being invisible which is great for taking pictures.
They also are lighter and less heavy than some of the other retainer options on the market. Unfortunately, because of this, they might not last as long as some of the other retainer options.
The shape of these clear vacuum form retainers look like a "U" to perfectly fit around all of your teeth.
If you need a retainer for grinding teeth, you can find other removable retainers that can work for you.
Permanent Retainers Are Some of the Available Types of Retainers After Braces
After getting your braces off, some people will still need to have permanent retainers. Permanent retainers can last for a few years if you maintain them well and they don't break.
Permanent retainers have a wire that bonds the back of your teeth. This technique works well for people who have teeth that tend to rotate or that are problematic.
Because you can't take the wire out of your mouth to clean it, note that you'll need to thoroughly clean the retainer in your mouth. This will help keep that area clean and to prevent further dental problems in the future.
A good aspect of permanent retainers is that you can't lose them like you can any of the other types of retainers.
Hawley retainers are the traditional options for those who are looking for retainers after they get their braces off.
These retainers have a thick wire that runs along the front of your teeth that connect to a plastic piece that sits in the roof and the base of your mouth.
Many people prefer the Hawley retainers because they are typically more durable than the clear vacuum form retainer option. Some have issues with clear retainers because they can wear down after a while if they tend to grind their teeth.
Another positive about the Hawley retainers is that your orthodontist can make adjustments to the metal. Making adjustments can help you move back a problem tooth if it starts to rotate again.
Know Your Preferences
Knowing the types of retainers after braces that are available can help you make the best investment and decision.
Think about what matters most to you when it comes to your new retainer. Then, find the option that best meets those preferences.
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