Which retainer is right for me?
There are two main categories of retainers:
Fixed retainers are permanently attached to the front of teeth. They can’t be removed for eating or cleaning and require careful brushing. Fixed retainers are commonly bonded to the front teeth.
Essix retainers are made of clear plastic material. These retainers fit over the entire arch of teeth and are removable. Essix retainers are similar to Invisalign clear aligners but are thicker and stiffer, to hold the teeth in place and last longer. They can also be worn at night times.
Caring for retainers
1. Always store retainers in their case. This will keep them clean and free of food debris or bacteria.
2. Never wrap a retainer in a paper napkin or tissue because you can forget them or throw them away with the napkin or tissue.
3. Never soak your retainer in mouthwash or alcohol. This can warp your retainer or make it taste bad.
4. Never use hot water or a hot dryer to clean your retainer. This can change their shape.