In such a critical world, people are becoming increasingly worried about their appearance. This applies even more in the case of a youngster, who also has to deal with peer pressure at school or in other social situations. Many young people find that they need their teeth straightened as part of their development and may consequently be concerned about wearing an appliance. There are options, however, that aren't as obtrusive as the more "visible" strategy, so what do you need to consider?
The Old Way
For years, one of the best ways to gently move a set of teeth into alignment was by fitting a set of removable aligners. These were designed to fit over the front of the teeth, but were nevertheless very visible and some people found them aesthetically difficult to deal with.
The New Option
Now, however, it's possible to ask for an alternative called a bonded retainer. This system will effectively achieve the same end result, but it is fitted to the back of the teeth instead of the front. Consequently, whenever you smile it won't be visible.
Meant to Stay
The bonded retainer works the same way as the conventional method, but it has to be put in place by a trained dentist and cannot be removed without another visit to the dentist. This is because the retainer is bonded to the rear of the teeth with a composite material that is very strong and is hardened with a special dental light. It's not a lengthy process to actually fit this, but it won't come off without any professional help.
This may have some advantages. If a traditional retainer is fitted to the front of the teeth, it can be removed by the patient. The temptation is to take it off and leave it off, especially if the patient is self-conscious. It should be noted that teeth may have the tendency to move back into their original position during the following months if an appliance is removed, so it's always best to keep the solution fitted until the dentist says otherwise.
While rear-fitted retainers cannot be easily removed, they may also make it a little difficult to clean using a conventional flossing technique. However, this is not the end of the world, and the patient should have a word with their dentist to get advice on the best way to clean it.
So, there are choices ahead. Do you opt for traditional and removable front retainers, or a non-removable rear option? Have a word with your dentist for advice on your specific situation and what kind of braces would be best.
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