What are dental retainers? – Orthodontist in Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry
Dental Retainers are needed when the orthodontist removes the braces, the teeth are slightly motile, because the bone around them, has not fully consolidated. Retainers work as a splint for the teeth, keeping them in the ideal position, where the braces have left them while the bone around them heals and “sets”.
There are different types of retainers and the one you might need might depend on your budget and the care you are willing to give it. Remember, neglecting to use your retainer could end up destroying all the good work you have achieved after your orthodontic treatment so talk with your dentists to see what options is the most comfortable for you. Check some of your possible options:
A Hawley retainer is an acrylic plate with metallic supports. It is a removable retainer, which is comfortable to use, although at first it makes speech difficult. However, after 2 or 3 days, the patient speaks well. For maintenance, simply brush it, or place it on a special disinfectant for 20 minutes (ask your dentists for a preferred brand).
Essix retainers are very aesthetic. They are made of a special plastic material, resistant that allows to maintain the teeth in their position. They are quite aesthetic, but have to be changed periodically, since they last from 6 months to 1 year.
Fixed retainers are retainers that do not require cooperation of the patient, since they are cemented to the teeth by the back. However, these retainers require special care, especially with hygiene. If they are not cleaned or if they are detached, they can have consequences such as plaque buildup or tooth misalignment. This type of retainers are ideal for the most demanding patients, as they are virtually invisible and undetectable, and keep everything in place.
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