Wearing braces is not fun. It is painful and annoying and the day you get rid of them is like freeing your teeth from jail. You are finally free and you never have to worry about crooked teeth ever again! Or do you?
When your orthodontist removes your braces, your teeth are perfectly straight but also very vulnerable. The periodontal fibers are stretched out and when they contract again there is a high risk of relapse – meaning you may just have gone through braces for nothing.
To prevent this from happening, the teeth must be retained in position for several months or years, long enough to help stabilize their correction. This can be achieved with a retainer.
While fixed retainer is attached directly to the back of your teeth and you don't have to remember to put it back, removable retainer requires a bit more cooperation from the patient.
Removable retainers are usually made from a combination of acrylic and wire which runs along the front side of the teeth. They are removable so you can take them in and out when you feel like it. However, your orthodontist will most likely recommend that you wear it the whole day and night during the first month. If there is no movement of teeth detected, the period for wearing them might shorten to only nights. Wearing a removable retainer is not the most pleasant thing in the world, though. The treatment success depends largely on your discipline and whether you remember to put it in or not. Also, users very often experience obstructed speech when wearing a removable retainer. To prevent such complications, a fixed retainer may work best for you.
Traditionally, fixed retainers made of metal wire have been used in the post-orthodontic treatment. While functional, the problem with wire is that patients often find it uncomfortable and irritating to their tongue. Moreover, food can frequently get stuck to the wire, creating a hygienic issue. And if you're allergic to metal, it's no solution at all. Glass fiber retainers solve all of the above-mentioned troubles.
The modern material of choice for fixed retainers is glass-fiber reinforced composite strips. Retainers with these strips are very comfortable, aesthetic, and reliable.
Dentapreg SFM is a great choice if you want to maintain your teeth nice and straight after the braces. The retainer made of Dentapreg SFM strip looks great – actually, it is almost invisible! Its surface is smooth and won’t irritate your tongue or gums and naturally, no food gets stuck to it. It is easier to articulate words properly than with a removable retainer. And finally, it provides the perfect solution if you are allergic to metal. Ask your orthodontist about using Dentapreg SFM for your post-orthodontic retainer. The procedure is fast, easy and painless.
When stronger stabilization is needed, for example to create a space maintainer as part of a therapy to keep existing space when a primary tooth falls out prematurely, ask your dentist about using Dentapreg SFU. The glass fiber strip then holds the neighbouring teeth in order to keep space for the secondary tooth.