The Benefits of Permanent Retainers

Posted on 07/10/2015 by Dr. Lovrovich
A girl holding her permanent retainer.

After your braces come off, you might have two options to keep your teeth straight – a removable or permanent retainer. Many people scoff at the idea of having to wear another appliance for the rest of their life, swearing off the permanent retainer, but it has many benefits that you might not have considered.

  • It is convenient. There is nothing to worry about losing or forgetting – it is always in your mouth. This means that your teeth have a better chance at staying straight because they will not be subjected to your forgetfulness.
  • The results are more long-term. Removable retainers are not worn as long as a permanent retainer, which means that you could run this risk of your teeth shifting as you age. There is no way to predict what your teeth will do, but with the permanent retainer, you have less to worry about.
  • It is much more aesthetically pleasing than a removable retainer. Most permanent retainers are placed behind your teeth. This means that even when you talk or smile, no one will know that it is there. It is an inconspicuous way to keep your teeth straight without any embarrassment.

If you opt for a permanent retainer, it is important to know the proper method of brushing and flossing it to ensure that all food particles and bacteria are removed from the retainer in order to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. With proper care, however, the permanent retainer is the top choice for most patients. Please contact us if you have any questions about Permanent Retainers.

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