Options For Your Retainer

If you have already had the privilege of going through the experience of braces, you are likely looking for a way to keep your teeth straight. Many dentists in general dentistry can offer retainers in an attempt to help you with this endeavor. However, did you know that there are many different types of retainers, all with different strengths and weaknesses? Here are a few options to mull over before you can get in to see your dentist.

Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers are really popular with young people these days due to the fact that they do not need to remember to put in their retainers at night or after meals. These metal bars are usually applied to the back of one's teeth immediately after their braces are removed. They may be applied to the top and the bottom teeth, though specific situations may make this impossible. It is important to note that teeth may still move with a permanent retainer and that these retainers are difficult to remove. They must be ground off of the back of one's teeth, which can damage teeth if these retainers need be removed at some time. Permanent retainers are also very hard to floss with. 

Metal Retainers

Metal retainers are made of a plastic base that fits into the roof of one's mouth and metal bars that fit around teeth in order to keep them together. These retainers are fabulous at keeping their shape as well as keeping teeth in line, though the challenge is remembering to put them in your mouth. Many a child has had their teeth become crooked again due to the fact that they either lost or forgot to wear their retainers. 

Plastic Retainers

Plastic retainers fit completely around the teeth and must be inserted into the mouth after meals and before bedtime, depending on your dentist's recommendations. These retainers are quite popular since they can also double as teeth whitening trays. Plastic retainers work really well for some people, though anyone with a grinding problem will go through them very quickly.

In conclusion, depending on your nightly habits, your family history, and your oral health, you may want to choose a different type of retainer than your dentist suggests. While your dentist may know teeth, it is not a sure thing that he knows you, your habits, and your teeth. Make the best decision for you. Opening a discussion with your dentist about these issues is one of the best ways to find a solution for keeping your teeth straight. 

To learn more, contact a dental office like Mainwaring John D DDS