Your smile and teeth look excellent after you are done with your braces or Invisalign. Your retainers will help to maintain that! Much like your nails and hair that constantly grow, your teeth move throughout your life but at a much slower pace. If they are left without proper retention, your teeth will tend to go back to their original position.
If you ever happen to get tired of your beautiful smile, the solution is easy… stop wearing your retainers!
General Care Instructions
It’s clear and removable, similar to a mouthpiece or bleaching tray but made of a more resilient material. It covers all surfaces of your teeth.
It is very cosmetic and comfortable to wear. It retains all of the teeth in their position and protects them from enamel wear.
It may not stand extreme occlusal forces. If you grind your teeth at night or clench them during the day you may break them.
It is removable and consists of an acrylic part on the tongue side and wires on the lip side.
It is durable. Your orthodontist can adjust the wire and get some active tooth movement with it.
It is not as cosmetic as other retainers. It will affect your speech. It is not the best type of retainer when it comes to retaining the back teeth. It requires frequent adjustment and if it is not done properly it will cause your teeth to shift.
It's a piece of passive wire nicely adapted to your teeth and bonded directly to the teeth.
It is very cosmetic and permanently bonded to the back of the front teeth.
It is not the healthiest choice for the gums and surrounding tissues. It makes regular flossing almost impossible. If placed on the top teeth, it will interfere with the bite. It breaks too frequently during routine cleanings. Most of the time when it breaks, you won't know until you notice significant shifting of your teeth.