What is a retainer?
A retainer is a tooth stabiliser that is often used in the course of orthodontic treatment. The aim of the retainer is to fix the teeth at their current status and to accustom the roots of the teeth to their new position. For example, after treatment of a malpositioned tooth, with the help of braces, a retainer is used to fix the progress and prevent the teeth from moving again. There are two common forms of retainer, which are described below.
The removable retainer looks like a loose brace and should be worn 24 hours a day if possible. The great advantage of this form is that the retainer can be removed from the mouth before brushing the teeth, so that the teeth can be thoroughly cleaned. However, the self-discipline required to wear the retainer all day is problematic, as it is visually noticeable and disturbs speech.
The Adhesive Retainer, a thin, specially adapted wire, is usually glued to the inside of the front teeth and is thus firmly fixed there. Similar to fixed braces, it is worn automatically all day long and is therefore very effective. Likewise, the adhesive retainer is usually not visible and offers no other restrictions for the wearer. After a short period of getting used to the wire, the retainer is hardly noticed. A big disadvantage of the fixed retainer, however, is the restriction of dental care. Similar to the brackets of fixed braces, it is difficult to brush the teeth properly despite the glued areas. This also significantly limits the use of dental floss.
Is a retainer useful?
A retainer is definitely useful, because without it, the successes achieved through orthodontic treatment often recede within a short time. This is due to the natural change of the jaw, especially during the growth phases. With electric toothbrushes, such as our happybrush toothbrush, the negative effects on dental care can also be easily avoided. Plaque, which is deposited in the hard to reach places between retainer and tooth, can be effectively removed with the happybrush.
Using electric toothbrushes with Retainer?
The use of electric toothbrushes despite a fixed retainer is usually not a problem. With ourhappybrush toothbrush you can also ensure thorough oral hygiene at the border areas between retainer and tooth. It's best to ask your dentist at your next check-up appointment which cleaning method he recommends!