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Fixed/Permanent Retainers

Now that you’ve completed orthodontic treatment and have the beautiful smile you hoped for, it’s time to maintain those results. To do this, you’ll need a retainer to prevent the teeth from shifting to their old positions. Absolute Dental offers several retainer options that will keep your new smile aligned and looking its best, including fixed or permanent retainers.

Schedule an appointment with our trusted Las Vegas orthodontics team to determine whether permanent or fixed retainers are a good option for your post-orthodontic needs.

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What Are Permanent Retainers?

Unlike removable retainers, which you remove and only wear for a certain number of hours each day, permanent retainers are bonded to the teeth and stay in the mouth. They are placed on the inside of the teeth and are not visible to other people. Also, they are more commonly used for the bottom teeth to keep the lower front teeth from moving.

What Is A Permanent Retainer Made Of?

A permanent retainer is a strong metal wire bonded to the teeth using a special dental adhesive. The wire can be solid and smooth or twisted with a braided texture. Our dentists will explain how we attach the retainer to your teeth and what you can expect after application.

How Do Permanent Retainers Work?

Permanent or fixed retainers are designed for continual wear without removal — even when eating or brushing your teeth. A thin metal wire is directly attached to the teeth to keep your smile from becoming misaligned. The wire holds the teeth in place to maintain their post-orthodontic positions.

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Permanent Retainers?

Before committing to fixed retainers, it’s important to talk to your dentist about the benefits and possible challenges you could face. Here are some things to consider with permanent retainers:

Advantages Of Fixed Retainers

Permanent retainers, which are also called fixed retainers, have several advantages for orthodontic patients who want to maintain their treatment results, including:

  • Not visible: Because permanent retainers are attached to the inside of the teeth, they are not noticeable when you smile or speak
  • Long-lasting: When cared for the right way, fixed retainers can last for two decades
  • Convenience: Unlike removable retainers, you don’t have to remember to put permanent retainers back in your mouth. Also, you don’t have to worry about misplacing them.

Possible Challenges Of Fixed Retainers

While permanent retainers are a popular choice for patients after braces, they may not be for everybody. Disadvantages some patients may face include:

  • Oral hygiene: Because you have to clean around the wire, permanent retainers can make good oral hygiene more challenging. You will need to brush and floss meticulously to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup.
  • Some dietary restrictions: Your dentist may recommend avoiding certain foods that can damage the bonding or metal wire.
  • Possible damage: Without the proper care, the wire can become damaged. You’ll need to see your dentist for a replacement when this happens.

Who is a good candidate for fixed retainers?

Almost all orthodontic patients can get permanent retainers if your dentist agrees it is the right choice. However, these types of retainers are particularly useful for patients with severe dental misalignment who had substantial teeth shifting during treatment.

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How Do Permanent Retainers Compare To Other Types Of Retainers?

With other sets of retainers available for orthodontic patients, you may wonder how they stack up. Here’s a quick look at the features of Hawley retainers, Essix retainers, and fixed retainers to compare:

Hawley Retainers

hawley retainer

Hawley retainers are a type of removable retainer that uses a wire and a custom-molded plate to keep teeth in place.

  • Visibility: The metal wires are visible while wearing a retainer
  • Comfort and adjustability: Hawley retainers offer custom adjustability
  • Maintenance: You must remove and clean Hawley retainers daily
  • Longevity: When taken care of, Hawley retainers can last for five to 10 years

Essix Retainers

essix retainer

Essix retainers are clear plastic trays that prevent your teeth from moving. They look similar to clear aligners like Invisalign.

  • Visibility: The clear plastic material makes them virtually invisible
  • Comfort and adjustability: Essix retainers are generally comfortable but do not offer adjustability
  • Maintenance: You must remove and clean Essix retainers daily
  • Longevity: Depending on the patient, Essix retainers may need replacing every six months to one year

Fixed/Permanent Retainers

permanent retainer

Permanent retainers stay in the mouth and offer long-term results without needing the same level of patient cooperation as removable retainers.

  • Visibility: Only visible from the inside of the teeth. Others will not notice fixed retainers while interacting.
  • Comfort and adjustability: Permanent retainers comfortably sit directly on the teeth. However, they are not easily adjustable.
  • Maintenance: You will need to take extra steps to keep up with your oral hygiene
  • Longevity: With diligent oral care and regular visits with your dentist, your fixed retainer could last up to 20 years!

 

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FAQs

You will need to use a floss threader or Waterpik to keep your teeth clean. Ask your dentist for recommendations and flossing techniques to care for your permanent retainer.

On average, fixed retainers last about two decades. However, you must be diligent about your oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly for the best results

The cost of permanent retainers will depend on whether you need an arch for your upper teeth, lower teeth, or both, and several other factors. Contact us to learn more about permanent retainer costs and if we offer discounts at your Absolute Dental office.

If your permanent retainer is damaged or broken, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. A broken wire can cause irritation or injuries. Also, your teeth will begin to shift if the retainer wire is not in place to keep them in position.

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