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Removable and Non-Removable Retainers

Posted on 11/7/2022 by Brandon Cooley
Removable and Non-Removable RetainersYou have waited for a while to finally get your braces removed to reveal your renewed smile. But as you have this done, you will need to make an important decision: to go with a removable retainer or a non-removable retainer. Each of them has its pros as well as some drawbacks.

Removable retainers

This is the first choice for many patients because they want the freedom of not having braces. Removable retainers can seem like a nice choice as they allow you to indulge in food that you could not eat when you had braces.

They can also make cleaning your teeth much easier as you will not have to contend with any wires or brackets. Most of the problems associated with this type of retainer have to do with the fact that it is removable. Your teeth can shift if you forget or neglect to wear them.

Non-removable retainer

Their operation mirrors that of braces, but the difference is that they are fitted to the inner surface of your teeth where they cannot be visible when you have your teeth showing. They are not as bulky as braces and they offer you better comfort because they do not use brackets, just a small wire that is fixed to your teeth with a special glue or dental cement.

Nonremovable retainers can also be a great option since you will not have to think about them once they are fitted. They are also basically invisible to everyone else, and this is in contrast to removable retainers that are visible. In terms of effectiveness, they have a better success rate and more permanent results. The only drawback to non-removable retainers is that you may need to avoid some foods and you will have to be more keen when cleaning your mouth.

The best choice for you is something that you should discuss with our team based on your treatment and your lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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