RETAINERS | BIRMINGHAM
If you are looking for Retainers, Birmingham Orthodontics can help. Here are some things to think about when considering retainers.
Easy to remove for eating and cleaning.
Easy to wear, but requires a little more care.
Requires occasional dental maintenance, but cannot be misplaced.
Retainers are a useful tool in teeth straightening because they help maintain the alignment of the teeth after orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, can move the teeth to a more desirable position, but they are not stable until the bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the change. Without retainers, the teeth can shift back to their original position or become crooked over time due to natural forces and habits.
There are two main types of retainers: fixed and removable. Fixed retainers are wires that are bonded to the back of the teeth and stay in place until removed by a professional. Removable retainers are devices that can be taken in and out by the user. They can be made of metal wires and plastic (Hawley retainers) or clear plastic (Essix retainers)³⁴. Both types of retainers have pros and cons, and the choice depends on the individual’s needs and preferences.
Retainers are essential for keeping the teeth straight and preventing malocclusion, which is when the upper and lower teeth do not align properly. Malocclusion can cause problems with chewing, speaking, and oral hygiene⁵. Retainers can also improve the appearance and confidence of the user by preserving their smile. Therefore, retainers are a valuable investment for anyone who has undergone orthodontic treatment.
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