Orthodontic retainers are mini devices and structures, usually made from metal wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position after surgery or any approach of straightening teeth. Once a stage of orthodontic treatment has been finished to correct the alignment of teeth, there remains a lifelong danger of regression (a propensity for teeth to go back to their original position) because of several aspects: recoil of gum fibres, stress from surrounding soft tissues, the occlusion as well as patient's continued growth and also advancement. By using retainers to hold the teeth in their new placement for a long time, the bordering periodontal fibers adapt to changes in the bone which can aid minimize any kind of modifications to the final tooth placement after finishing orthodontic therapy. We use removable retainers and permanent retainers.
The advantages of removable retainers are:
They're easily removed when you want to eat and to brush or floss your teeth.
They’re relatively easy and convenient to get.
The disadvantages are:
They can be misplaced or lost when not in your mouth, especially if they’re not kept in a case.
They can be easily damaged if left lying around.
They can cause excess saliva production.
Bacteria can grow and live on them.
The advantages of bonded permanent retainers are:
Complying with instructions for when and how long to wear it isn’t a problem.
It’s not visible to others.
It’s not likely to affect your speech.
It can’t be misplaced or lost.
It can’t be damaged easily.
The disadvantages are:
It may be hard to maintain oral hygiene, especially flossing, because you can’t remove it.
This can cause tartar and plaque to build up, possibly leading to gum disease.
It’s attached, which you may not like.
The metal wire might irritate your tongue.
In our laboratory and through our R&D activities, we are testing many new retainers digitally designed
and constructed by additive manufacturing process, using hybrid ceramic resins, or designed and built by
milling process using unique materials. Our most excellent target in all these tries is to achieve the exact
efficient mechanical properties that respond to the biomechanical properties, biocompatible behavior, and
suitable needs for the best result of the retainer use.
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