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Retainer Options After Braces or Invisalign

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After spending months or years caring for your braces, it’s exciting to finally have them removed. However, it’s important not to let all that time and those adjustments go to waste! With everyday wear and tear your newly moved teeth can start to shift again. Retainers keep your beautiful smile right where you want it. 

Types of Retainers 

There are essentially two types of retainers: removable and permanent. While your teeth are working through braces or invisalign the ligaments that hold your teeth in place are looser with constant movement. When your teeth are at the optimal place – your orthodontist will then make a retainer to keep your teeth in place until your gums and ligaments harden and can keep your teeth in place. Your orthodontist may instruct you to keep your retainer on only at night, or certain hours during the day to maintain your fresh smile. Your orthodontist will choose the best retainer type for your teeth and lifestyle needs.


There are a few types of removable retainers, but most likely they are moulded clear plastic or a bendable wire and acrylic. These retainers fit right over your teeth similar to invisalign. Orthodontists will make your removable retainer after your braces are removed so that your smile stays the same. For invisalign wearers, many retainers are created from the very last retainer of their treatment. Because removable retainers are removable, it can be tricky to remember to wear them. If you think you may forget to put your retainer back in after eating or before bed, ask your Orthodontist about permanent retainers.


Permanent retainers are created when a thin wire is fixed behind the top or bottom row of teeth and left in for months or years. It can be very convenient to never worry about taking your retainer out or putting it back in. Your teeth will stay in place without any thought from you. Permanent retainers are invisible to others, as they are located on the inside of your teeth.

The most important thing to remember is: retainers are DEFINITELY worth wearing. It would be a shame to lose the beautiful smile your Orthodontist helped you achieve. With a good orthodontist they will help you select the optimal retainer – whether removable or permanent – for you.

Contact Idaho Orthodontics today to learn more about braces, Invisalign, and retainers.

The Big Debate: Braces vs. Invisalign

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So you are excited to straighten your teeth and you have found the perfect orthodontics to do so (Idaho Orthodontics of course–shameless plug). But really, now the debate comes in: braces or invisalign? The experts here at Idaho Orthodontics will break down the pros and cons of both so you can make an educated decision that fits your needs!


Unlike braces, invisalign trays can easily be removed. This is a good thing..and a challenging thing depending on your needs. With braces, cleaning your teeth can be a pain. Flossing is time consuming and a little more difficult. However invisalign trays can easily be taken out so you can get in a thorough flossing and cleaning.

Of course, every time you remove your invisalign trays you are putting a stop to the teeth-straightening happening in your mouth. Many people struggle with the lack of discipline to keep invisalign trays in for at least 22 hours daily. 


When you have braces there are certain foods you must avoid, and food can get stuck in the brackets. With invisalign trays you can eat or drink anything, but you must remove your trays every time, and brush your teeth before putting them back on to minimize teeth staining. Braces can be less of a hassle.


Let’s be real…when it comes to correcting and moving teeth there is going to be discomfort. With braces being unremovable, it helps get the job done faster. With the ability to remove invisalign trays the process can be more comfortable, but will be slower overall.


While there are different colors and ways to customize braces, for a truly minimal look to your smile while straightening your teeth, invisalign is the way to go. Invisalign is more costly than braces, which is why most children/teens opt for braces. While both are effective it really comes down to personal preference! 


Invisalign may not be possible depending on your teeth’s needs. For example, rotating teeth must be done with braces. Consult with your local orthodontist to find out what your options are and what may be the best route for you.

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