Permanent vs. Removable Retainers – What’s Best For You?

Are you currently undergoing orthodontic treatment or looking into doing so in the near future? Once those braces come off, the treatment will continue with a retainer. Unfortunately, teeth are constantly shifting, so retainers are an essential part of orthodontic treatment to ensure your smile stays straight. There are a couple of different types of retainers that you may or may not have the option to choose from (depending on your teeth and orthodontist). So, how do you know which retainer is right for you? Check out the pros and cons of each below!

Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers have many perks and benefits. Once they are put in, you don’t typically have to worry about them at all. You won’t need to remove them while eating or drinking, making your life easier overall. Plus, they are functionally invisible and a lot less bulky. They also prevent teeth from shifting better than removable retainers, as many people tend not to wear their removable retainers as much as they should. This may cause them to need braces again as an adult. However, permanent retainers make it more challenging to clean your teeth while brushing or flossing. 

Removable Retainers

A removable retainer tends to be what most people want when they get their braces removed because the last thing they want is more metal in their mouth. Removable retainers allow you to eat all of the sticky foods you couldn’t when you had braces and makes it easier to floss. Of course, removable retainers have their cons as well. They are easier to misplace and lose and are expensive to replace. It’s also easier to neglect wearing your retainer, allowing your teeth to shift back to their original positions. 

If you’re unsure which retainer type is right for you, talk to your orthodontist at Grafton Orthodontics. We’ll help you achieve the smile you want and help you pick the right retainer for your needs. To schedule an appointment, call 262.377.8950 today!