What are Clear Retainers?

Find out if this kind of retainer is the best option for you after you’re done wearing braces.

It can be an exciting time when our Wausau, Marshfield and Eau Claire, WI orthodontist, Dr. Gregory Lamansky, finally takes off your braces. Now you finally have that straighter smile you have always wanted. Of course, it’s important that teeth don’t shift back to their original position and that you keep that straight smile. That’s why retainers are very highly recommended after you get your braces taken off.

What is a clear retainer?

Made from plastic, these retainers look very similar to the Invisalign trays you may have already gotten from your Wausau, Marshfield and Eau Claire dentist. These retainers are designed to be discreet, so when you are wearing them people often won’t even notice.

Who should consider getting retainers?

Since these retainers are easy to remove and clean many patients option for this type of retainer; however, they aren’t quite as durable as a Hawley retainer, which is made from acrylic. Also, if you grind your teeth you may not be right for this kind of retainer so be sure to talk to us about whether clear retainers are the best option.

How do you care for retainers?

Before you even get your retainer our orthodontist in Wausau, Marshfield and Eau Claire will provide you with instructions regarding cleaning and how often you need to wear them. You should clean your removable clear retainers everyday, making sure to brush them and place them in a cleaning solution (ask us which kind is best for cleaning your retainers if you are unsure). Whenever you aren’t wearing your retainer you’ll want to make sure that it immediately goes into its protective case to prevent damage.

Associated Orthodontists in Wausau, Marshfield and Eau Claire, WI is here for all your orthodontic needs. Whether you are considering getting braces or you have questions about what type of retainer is right for you, we are here to help you every step of the way so you can achieve the ideal smile.

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