When your patients finally get their braces off and then move to the retainer stage, it is important to know a few things about the different types of retainers. Explain that a retainer helps keep the teeth in its proper place after the braces come off.
Normally, it takes a year or two for the periodontal tendons to solidify into its new place after the braces are detached. As such, patients must wear a retainer to maintain the results provided by the braces. Otherwise, the teeth might get crooked again and the gaps could open up
Below are the types of retainers you can recommend, depending on your patients’ need:
Removable Clear Retainers
Removable clear retainers are specially made to fit the teeth perfectly, so they can clamp the teeth straight. It is important to wear retainers regularly. This virtually invisible retainer allows your patients’ teeth to move into the right place naturally. They are also easy to adjust to help keep the teeth in check regularly.
Fixed retainers are made of a very thin wire that is tactfully attached behind the front teeth, allowing them to hold the teeth in place. These are designed for long-term use and can provide long-term outcomes. This type of retainer requires a little maintenance. Advise your patients to use special floss or inter-dental toothbrush. Require regular consultations to monitor the improvements.
Permanent Bonded Retainer
Permanent bonded retainers are designed to stay in the patient’s mouth because these are bonded behind the teeth. It may be difficult to floss with this type of retainer, so your patient will need special floss to do it properly.
Your patients can achieve that beautiful smile with the right retainers. Whether it’s an invisible retainer, a permanent bonded retainer, or a fixed retainer, make sure your patients get the results they want is your ultimate goal. For all your dental appliance needs, rely on a reputable dental laboratory.