Removable appliances include retainers and active plates.
Retainers are appliances that are worn after dental braces, damon braces or invisalign treatment has been cmpleted. Retatiners help to maintaining newly shifted teeth in their positions and prevents relapses.
Appliances for retainers may be removable or fixed. Most individuals prefer removable retainers that are typically worn over night and removed during day-time. For others, fixed retainers provides consistent retention and avoids the hassle or need for discipline to wear retainers.
Types of retainers
There are several types of retainer materials, the most commonly requested types are :
1. Removable Hawley Wire Retainers
Hawley retainers are composed of wires and acrylic. They are normally durable and can be worn as retainers over the long-run. The hawley retainers may be repaired or tighted and can be designed to your specified color with logos. These removable wire retainers allow your bite to be retained or set into a comfortable position over time.
2. Clear Retainers
Clear retainers are clear aligner trays made of plastic. They look like invisalign trays. However invisalign has their own patented plastics and invisalign retainers are called vivera. For the general clear retainers, the plastic aligners are made from standard clear plastic sheets mould to your post-treatment tooth impression. Clear retainers are removable. Aside from retaining teeth in its position, it also acts as a guard to protects teeth from day or night grinding.