Overbites and malocclusions are some of the most common oral problems that orthodontists fix. Children, teens, and adults usually have their teeth fixed with the use of braces and retainers. However, some of them don’t like the idea because it may affect their appearance. In the recent years, though, the use of clear orthodontic aligners has increased because it’s unobtrusive and hardly visible.
An invisible retainer is made to fit a particular person. These custom-built oral appliances are made from clear plastic or an acrylic material. Unlike metal braces, patients can remove them when eating or when cleaning, brushing, or flossing. The retainer can wear out in a few weeks, but it’s just in time for the next dentist visit. That’s why you shouldn’t skip them.
Children, Teens, and Adults
Invisible aligners are best used by adults and teens. The procedure is straightforward and only requires that the aligners follow the jawline. In contrast, children have more complicated issues because the mouth and jaw are still growing. The orthodontist has to include these possible changes when plotting the treatment.
Additionally, those with mild or minor teeth spacing problems use invisible aligners. Children and patients with crowded teeth or spacing problems would need complex solutions. Treatment time depends on the movement required to fix the spacing and can take between 10 and 24 months. Aligners are not as precise as metal braces. If necessary, the patient must need to use braces for a few months for fine-tuning the alignment.
It’s necessary to rinse retainers throughout the day. This can help prevent the growth of bacteria and tartar in the mouth. Users remove retainers from the mouth before eating. They can take this opportunity to rinse the retainer under warm water. Otherwise, the bacteria can develop on the retainer, resulting in bad breath. Antimicrobial toothpaste can also be used to clean the retainer.
Retainers and braces are used to align teeth. The use of invisible retainers depends on the treatment that the dentist would recommend. Retainers are easy to use and should be regularly cleaned by rinsing with warm water.