This is a question we hear a lot at Ornella Orthodontics when it’s time to select a retainer. And while the bottom line is that the decision should come based largely on your doctor’s recommendation, understanding the difference between the two can make the process easier for everyone involved.
A lot of patients believe these are the best option due to their advantage of ease of use. What could be easier than putting in a retainer at night and taking it out in the morning, right? But there’s a downside. Patients frequently forget to put the retainer in at night which extends the treatment time beyond what was first anticipated. For this reason, removeable retainers are not as effective as permanent retainers.
If you want to not have to worry about adhering to a schedule of when to put your retainer in or when to take it out, permanent retainers are the obvious choice. Think about it this way: you will never forget to put it in because it will already be there doing its job!
However, it should be noted that some patients find it more difficult to floss with a permanent retainer versus a removeable retainer, so there is that limitation to factor into the decision, as well.
There may be occasion for the use of both a removeable retainer and a permanent retainer being used at the same time. For example, one may be used for the top teeth and the other for your lower teeth, or vice versa, depending on the amount of correction needed.
Whichever method is used, the most important thing to remember is that consistency is key! Wearing your retainer as directed will give you the best results in the shortest amount if time. In short, the answer to the question, “Which retainer is right for you?” is one that should be determined by your orthodontist.
If you want to learn more about retainers and how they can be used to best suit your lifestyle, make your appointment today with Ornella Orthodontics.