Anyone can have braces, but not a retainer. Braces are a primary treatment for severe bite problems. A retainer, on the other hand, helps maintain a perfect smile after braces.
Who can have a retainer?
Normally, people with braces will have to wear a retainer. It retains the final position of the teeth at the end of an ortho treatment. Hence, the name.
Some conditions are correctable without braces, though. Limited overcrowding, malocclusion, and narrow upper jaw are a few examples. These need limited tooth movement, a task that a retainer can do.
What are fixed and removable retainers for?
Fixed retainers hold the newly straightened teeth 24/7. And since it is non-removable, this thin wire is worn at the back of the upper or lower part of the front teeth.
Removable retainers are a combination of wire, acrylic material, and hooks. It is ideal for already treated conditions that can cause teeth movement. Thus, it is an option if an ortho treatment is simply about aligning crooked teeth sans the bite problem.
Orthodontists and Orthodenco Orthodontic Lab still recommend that patients to wear a retainer all day and all night in the first three months. If there is no movement found, that is the time when a patient can remove it when they need to.
How can you maintain a retainer?
Fixed retainers need to use a floss threader to clean it and the inner spaces between teeth.
Cleaning tablets for dentures with antibacterial ingredients can clean removable retainers, in addition to water and vinegar. Regular toothpaste can dull its color and get bacteria to stick to it, so it is not advisable for cleaning removable retainers.
A regular dental visit is also a must for both retainer types. It helps check cavities and keep the straightened teeth clean. Add to it specific cleaning needs of different retainer design.
Appliances and expanders can also be part of straightening teeth. These help correct jaw and mouth flaws before straightening teeth with braces and retainer. Only specialist dentists can tell which one you need and how to maintain it.