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Types of retainers; advantages or disadvantages

(7 Posts)
Katymac Wed 28-Oct-15 17:05:05

DD is getting her braces off & getting a retainer

I think I know that there are 2 types fixed and removable

Removable could be forgotten/broken

Fixed are there all the time

Is that right? Is there anything else to consider?

Cheerfulmarybrown Wed 28-Oct-15 19:05:53

My experience only as a patient so not very detailed but as an oldie who had extensive ortho work as a child and has gone through it a second time as a adult due to not wearing retainers sad

Retainers are for life.

Fixed often only last for a few years and are usually used alongside removable.

Removable should be worn for life although the timing of wearing them can be decreased eg from nightly to every few days.

So in my experience not an either or option.

Sparklingbrook Wed 28-Oct-15 19:09:36

DS1 has removable ones which have to be worn every night for the rest of his life.
I accidentally flushed his bottom one down the loo in the summer and it cost £70 to replace.

Katymac Wed 28-Oct-15 19:23:52


I was hoping fixed would be easier

Didiusfalco Wed 28-Oct-15 19:30:59

I think Cheerful has it. I have a fixed retainer on the bottom teeth and removal retainers for both top and bottom. The problem with the fixed is that i have had some build up of plaque around it - it can be quite tricky to clean.

Sparklingbrook Wed 28-Oct-15 19:32:14

DS1 didn't get a choice on the NHS.

Katymac Wed 28-Oct-15 20:23:48

I imagine I won't get a choice unless we pay

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