How Your Orthodontist Decides Which Is Best For You
After years of avoiding sticky candy and intricate flossing, your braces are finally off! But don’t be fooled into thinking that your orthodontic treatment now. Your treatment continues on with a much more manageable step: a dental retainer. There are three main types of retainers, and your orthodontist will be able to decide the best fit and function for your smile.
This type of retainer is made of bendable wire and acrylic or plastic. The wire goes across the front of your teeth, and the acrylic is molded to fit snugly inside your mouth. These retainers are available in a variety of colors and styles, so you can personalize them and have a little fun! Your orthodontist may choose this type for you because it is adjustable and can be tweaked over time.
This type of retainer is made of molded clear plastic and resembles an Invisalign aligner. People like plastic retainers because they are less noticeable than a metal one. Incidently, they don’t allow your top and bottom teeth to touch in a natural way. Because of this, some orthodontists will prefer other options over this one.
Permanent Bonded Retainer
This type of retainer stays in your mouth all the time, because it is glued to the back of your teeth. Usually this type of retainer is placed behind the front lower teeth. Often orthodontists will start a patient with a bonded retainer, and then switch over to a metal or plastic retainer after six months to one year. Because of its awkward placement, you will need to use threader floss to clean this retainer effectively.
The most important thing to remember when your orthodontist fits you with your new retainer, is to keep it clean! Your smile will function at it’s best with a clean mouth and the proper retainer. At Orthosmile Marlborough, your comfort and your smile are our priority! Give us a call at 403-248-2772, and have our professionals help you out with your next step to achieving your perfect smile!
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