What are removable retainers?
Do you often dream about having a celeb-like smile, but the fear of pain and discomfort caused by traditional metal and ceramic braces often makes you drop the idea? Well, you're not alone! What if we were to tell you that we got a perfect, seamless, comfortable, and aesthetic solution to transform your smile? You wouldn’t believe us. But it’s true!
The answer is invisible aligners! Simply speaking, invisible or clear aligners for teeth are the perfect orthodontic treatment to align your teeth or fix other orthodontic issues and get the celeb-like smile that you've always wanted!
Clear aligners for teeth also take lesser time to give you your dream smile compared to traditional metal braces.
You need to wear your removable and clear aligners for at least 20-22 hours every day for effective and fast results.
After the aligner or any orthodontic treatment, such as braces is done, retainers need to be worn to keep the newly straightened teeth in line!
According to a survey, over 58 percent of orthodontists prefer to prescribe removable retainers after braces compared to other kinds of retainers.
But what exactly are removable retainers? We know that retainers are the last step in the smile makeover journey. Clear retainers or dental retainers are custom devices you wear in your mouth, designed to mold to and fit the new position of your teeth perfectly.
Removable plastic retainers aren’t the same thing as aligners, which are used to straighten teeth, not prevent them from moving out of position.
Removable clear retainers are worn during treatment hours and only removed to eat, brush your teeth, or during other times that your orthodontist instructs.
The orthodontist will probably ask you to use your removable orthodontic retainer every day and night for several months, and subsequently during sleep to maintain the results of your smile makeover.
Read on to find out more about how to use removable retainers and the cost of removable retainers.
How to keep retainers safe.
A retainer does just what it sounds like it does. It “retains” the teeth in their current position, although some retainers are used to make small changes to the position of the teeth. Retainers can either be removable or fixed on the teeth.
Retainers may be recommended for a variety of reasons. Some are used before treatment, but most are used after teeth straightening.
Your clear retainers are an essential part of your treatment, so follow these tips to keep your retainer and your smile looking great:
- Always keep your clear retainer in its case when not wearing them - Your case is designed to keep your retainer safe when it’s not in your mouth, so remember to use it!
- Clean it with lukewarm, not HOT water - While keeping your dental retainer clean and bright is important, never use hot water to clean it or boil it or sterilize it. Heat will distort and damage your retainers.
- Take your removable clear retainer out before a meal - You’ll want to remove your retainer before you eat and place it in its case. This will help you avoid getting food or plaque trapped in your teeth.
- Keep your retainer away from the heat - Your clear retainer is created to help you in the last leg of your smile makeover. But excessive heat can easily cause it to melt or warp. You’ll want to keep them away from heat sources like dishwashers, hot cars, and even hot drinks to save you the cost of a new clear retainer.
- Avoid using any chemicals to clean your retainer - Never use any alcohol-based mouthwashes to keep your dental retainer clean. Clean your retainer using toothsi foamy to avoid infection.
- Brush your teeth before using your clear retainer - Using your retainer with dirty teeth is only going to make it dirty and potentially spread bacteria in your mouth.
- Be gentle while wearing your removable retainer - Your retainer can be relatively fragile so be gentle as you put it on or remove it. People have a habit of flipping it with their tongue but this might break it.
Pros and Cons of removable retainers.
A removable retainer is a thin tray that can be put in and taken out for both the upper and the lower teeth. It is usually recommended to wear it at all times besides eating and cleaning your teeth. The advantage of clear retainers is that it’s much easier to clean your teeth, but they require compliance and consistency.
Let’s look at some other pros and cons of dental retainers:
Easy In, Easy Out - Removable retainers are easy to use. They are custom-molded for you, so they fit comfortably over the teeth
Hassle-free Dining - You are free to remove the retainer when you are eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth
Extra Protection - If you are using clear retainers they protect your teeth from nightly bruxism, which is when you clench or grind your teeth during sleep. It can cause damage to the teeth but your retainer acts as a nightguard. Dental retainers also protect dental work such as crowns and fillings
- Hassle-free maintenance - You can easily clean your removable retainers by soaking them in toothsi foamy to avoid bacteria build-up or infection
- Good oral hygiene - Removable retainers aids in good oral hygiene since you can remove them before brushing and flossing your teeth
- Doubles as a bleaching tray - Teeth whitening after the treatment is easy with clear retainers. Patients can apply bleaching gel on the inside of the retainers and use them as a bleaching tray
- Hectic - Removable retainers need to be taken out while playing sports or eating. This can get hectic sometimes
Noticeable - Removable clear retainers can be a tad bit noticeable
Speech Difference: Wearing a dental retainer can cause slight alterations in your speech. (This is simply because you are talking with something in your mouth and is nothing to worry about)
It’s on you - Removable plastic retainers require self-discipline. It is easy to make an exception to your treatment plan, which can turn out to be a slippery slope
Going, Gone - Removable retainers can easily get lost as they need to be removed constantly.
Bacteria Build-up – Retainers can be a good place for bacteria to hide and grow so cleaning them regularly is very important
How to do aftercare of removable retainers.
The end phase of the smile makeover journey is retention, and it is a critical follow-through stage that holds your teeth in their new position—even continuing to provide minor corrections in some cases.
Clear retainers, also known as dental retainers, are personalised devices that you wear that are meant to properly conform to and fit the new position of your teeth.
Just like your aligners, your retainers need care too! Your removable retainer can spoil or get scratched if not taken care of.
Here are a few easy tips to help you take care of your removable orthodontic retainers and your teeth:
1. Avoid heat - Exposing your clear retainer to high heat can warp and ruin it. Always wash retainers in lukewarm water every time you remove them. Rinsing your retainer when it’s still wet with your saliva will keep food from hardening on your retainer.
Keep your retainer away from
- boiling water
- washers and dryers
- the dashboard of your car
2. Skip harsh chemicals - You don’t necessarily need to use harsh cleansers to get a squeaky-clean plastic retainer.
- Time your soak - Only soak the removable retainer for the time it takes to clean it, or as specified by your orthodontist.
You can do a quick mouthwash soak if you want to freshen your retainer’s smell and kill some bacteria. Be sure to mix equal parts mouthwash and lukewarm water.
4. Clean your case - Also make sure to clean your removable retainer case regularly. Try cleaning it once a day before you put your clear retainer away. Gently scrub all surfaces of it in warm water. Then rinse it off and leave it to dry.
5. Keep watch - You’ll want to keep your clear retainers away from pets so they don’t chew or choke on them. Likewise, be mindful of where you place your retainer while you’re eating. If you place it on a napkin, you may forget it or accidentally toss it in the trash.
6. Replace as needed - Plastic retainers are somewhat like contact lenses or shoes They’re subject to daily wear and tear. Eventually, they may need to be replaced
Title: Types of removable retainers
A retainer keeps your teeth from moving after they've been straightened with braces. As it can take at least four to six months for the new position of your teeth to become permanent, your teeth will try to shift back to their original position, which is called relapse.
Removable plastic retainers are not the same as aligners, which are used to correct teeth rather than keep them from shifting out of place. Removable clear retainers are worn during treatment hours and removed only to eat, wash teeth, or as directed by an orthodontist.
Now there are three types of retainers that orthodontists prescribe after you’ve had your teeth straightening process done. They are prescribed to keep your teeth from moving and to settle them permanently in their new place.
The first type is called a bonded retainer. It’s attached to the back of your teeth after your braces are removed to keep them in place for the first few months after treatment. The great part of a fixed retainer is that it’s permanent so you don’t have to think about taking it in or out since it’s cemented to your teeth. However, bonded retainers are often very difficult to clean.
A bonded retainer is recommended if you need to wear your retainer at all times as a follow-up to orthodontic treatment.
The second type of dental retainer is the removable kind. Hawley retainers, also called wire retainers, can be taken out for cleaning and for eating meals. These plastic retainers last a long time compared to other kinds of retainers.
Having a removable retainer doesn’t mean it’s any less important for you to wear your retainer and follow your orthodontist’s instructions.
Clear plastic retainer
The third type of retainer is another removable kind. Also called a molded clear retainer, it’s designed to mold to and fit the new position of your teeth perfectly.
Clear plastic retainers have become popular in recent years because they’re virtually invisible and more likely to be worn. This removable orthodontic retainer protects the teeth against grinding.