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Installing braces is the most common method of treating poorly aligned teeth. Their job is to pressurize the teeth into a set position that has been professionally identified as ideal. But even once the braces period has ended, there is still work to be done! The teeth will "settle" over the upcoming months or even years and could even relapse into the misalignment that had initially made treatment necessary. This is where a retainer -
The Pros & Cons. There are definite benefits, of course, to metal retainers over clear ones. They are more durable, better withstanding both everyday mouth activity and brushing -
A Common Thread: Cleanliness is Essential! Of course, either type of retainer will require solid oral hygiene. Studies have found scary organisms thriving inside retainers, including staphylococcus and Candia. Therefore, any retainer needs to be brushed daily with a specialized cleaner, or as your orthodontist recommends.
Clear retainers tend to be more expensive, both in the short and long terms. Since clear retainers are more fragile and prone to breakage -