Clear Retainers Vs. Wire Retainers: What’s the Difference?

So you’ve finally got your braces removed. Congratulations! Although the pain of the heavy metal tracks is no more, dentists highly recommend that those who have just come out of braces, get a retainer made ASAP. Nowadays, retainers are offered as clear, mouthguard look alikes or you could always opt for the good ole’ fashioned metal retainer. So what’s the difference and which one is the best option for you?

For starters, either a clear or wire retainer will get the job done in keeping your teeth set in their new place post braces removal. Choosing which one is best for you trickles down to your comfort level. Let’s dive into the differences between the two options.

Clear retainers aren’t noticeable like wire retainers and hold your teeth pretty well intact. Keep in mind though, that gum inflammation post your orthodontic treatment may cause this type of retainer to feel loose when your gums are no longer swollen.

Wire retainers hold the teeth in place since they came about into the ortho world and they also allow lower and upper chompers to settle into a decent bite. The only downfall of a wire retainer is the aesthetics of one. Yes, the metal is visible and some patients are sick and tired of metal against their teeth after coming out of braces.

The choice is yours! Whichever retainer you decide to settle on, make sure you visit Dental Lab Direct for your retainer needs.

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