Orthodontics are an investment in the long term health of your teeth. But orthodontic work doesn’t last forever.
Retainers are used to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position. Wearing your retainer consistently is important, so picking the right retainer for your lifestyle is a big decision. Check out these 3 types of retainers to see which one is right for you!
A fixed retainer is a thin metal wire that fits behind your teeth. A fixed retainer stays in all day, every day. Fixed retainers can’t be seen (unless somebody is peeking into your mouth!). However, like with braces, food and bacteria can get trapped between the wire and your teeth, so careful cleaning is a must. Fixed retainers are the right fit if you don’t ever want to worry about remembering your retainer.
This is what most people think of when they hear the word “retainer.” A Hawley retainer is a removable plastic-and-wire retainer that attaches to your teeth and fits to the roof of your mouth. When you smile, your friends will be able to see the wires wrapped around your teeth. However, it is easily taken out, easily cleaned, and easily adjusted as your teeth move. Over time, many people start to wear them only at night.
An Essix retainer is a removable, clear plastic “cap” that is placed over your teeth. It is popular because there are no metal wires, making it nearly invisible. Because an Essix retainer wraps all the way around your teeth, it can be challenging to keep clean. This retainer might be a good choice if you do not want visible wires, and if you do not mind working a little harder to keep it clean.
Which retainer would you want to wear? Contact us today to set up an appointment to discuss the perfect fit for you and your smile!