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Fixed And Removable Retainers: Which One Is The Best?

Posted on 10/31/2023 by Weo Admin
Orthodontic retainer in blue caseStar Orthodontics in Corpus Christi, TXRetainers play a crucial role after the completion of orthodontic treatment. Your teeth possess a "remarkable memory" and may shift back to their original positions until they stabilize and the surrounding bone becomes denser. This is why orthodontists provide you with retainers after taking off Invisalign or braces. Retainers come in two major categories: fixed and removable. Here, we will discuss each together with their advantages and disadvantages.

Fixed Retainers

Fixed retainers are usually constructed from stainless steel and discreetly positioned on the inner side of the teeth. They are custom-made for every patient and remain invisible while smiling or talking.

Advantages of Fixed Retainers

The main advantage of fixed retainers is that you don't have to remove them; thus, they provide continuous support. Fixed retainers remain discreetly bonded behind your teeth, so no one else knows its presence except you. This ensures your confidence while wearing it in public. Besides, they have minimal to no impact on your speech, so you don't have to worry about feeling self-conscious when speaking. Since they are securely affixed with dental adhesive, you can't misplace them, providing peace of mind.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers are not fixed appliances in the mouth. This means you can take them out when you want, especially when eating and drinking anything other than water.

Advantages of Removable Retainers

Removable retainers allow regular brushing and flossing routine without needing any special tools. Some removable retainers can be customized with cool designs or colors, allowing for a touch of personal style. Removable retainers are clear and aesthetically pleasing, making them virtually unnoticeable to most people. They cover all teeth, ensuring that none shift after your orthodontic treatment is completed.

Which One is The Best?

The type of retainer used mainly depends on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. However, many orthodontists recommend a combination of removable and permanent retainers, Invisalign, or braces removal. They prefer fixed retainers for the lower teeth and removable retainers for the upper teeth. Our orthodontist will guide you which is the most suitable dental retainer for your specific needs.

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