After your braces are removed from your teeth or your Invisalign treatment is completed a retainer will be important to ensure that your teeth continue to remain in their new positions. Different orthodontists will offer different retaining solutions based on your own situation and the technologies they have on offer. The following three different types of retainers are common, and you are likely to be offered one upon completion of your orthodontic treatment:
1. A clear plastic retainer. This particular appliance looks similar to an Invisalign aligner and is placed in the roof of the mouth, on the upper teeth. It is commonly worn overnight only.
2. A bonded retainer. This more permanent retaining solution involves fixing a wire permanently to the backs of the bottom teeth with composite material, and would remain in place for several years without removal.
3. A wire retainer. Wire retainers are perhaps the best known and the most widely used because of their flexibility; the wire can be adjusted to allow for some minor tooth movement. These retainers are made from a mixture of hard plastic and wire and can be worn either full or part time.
Your orthodontist will know exactly which type of retainer will be the most suitable for your particular case. You should listen to their recommendations and continue to wear your retainer as instructed to ensure that your smile remains at its very best.