Clear retainers have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their discreet nature. Adults especially are drawn to clear retainers since they can be easily disguised and appear more professional. Of course, these retainers may be worn whenever convenient for you.
These thin retainers are certainly convenient since you will never have to set a reminder to stick them in before bed. Since they are bonded to the back of your teeth with adhesive they may be slightly painful when you are first acclimating to the tension they incur in your jaw. The downside to a permanent retainer is that plaque and tartar easily build up around the wire and create more difficulty in cleaning.
Permanent retainers can be removed if absolutely necessary, but only a dental professional should perform the work.
How Long Will I Have to Wear a Retainer?
The length of time a person should wear their retainer is entirely dependent upon the individual and the amount of work their teeth need to stay in alignment. Quite commonly, it is recommended that you should wear your Hawley (removable) retainer several hours a day, even constantly for a period of time after first having braces removed.
Things to Watch Out For
Your orthodontist will advise you on the best route going forward as you choose your retainer. The best thing you can do for yourself is to follow their advice. Be mindful of anything chewy you put in your mouth such as candy, gum or anything that will stick to the retainer. Use care when removing your retainer to ensure the longevity of it.
Trusted Orthodontics Treatment In Fort Worth
Ahava Orthodontics has been a trusted and preferred orthodontist in Fort Worth for many years. “Ahava” is the love that gives and is a value at our core. Now that your beautiful new smile is ready to show the world, be sure to choose the retainer that will best suit you. If you have more questions or you would like to ask about a consultation, send us a message! We love to support our clients at every point in their journey to a beautiful smile.