Fixed or removable retainer: Which should you choose?
Of course, every patient’s needs are unique, but in the question of retention, there are really two choices: fixed or removable. So how do you know which is right for you?
Fixed retainers are usually made with a thin wire worn across the back of the lower and/or upper front teeth. The wire is bonded in place with a cement similar to the one used on the brackets of braces. As this type of wire stretches across several teeth, a floss threader or similar cleaning device must be used to access the spaces between the teeth, just as people with braces do when they floss.
The decision to choose a fixed retainer must be considered carefully because they are prone to breakage if the wearer is not conscientious with care. In the same way as braces, if we bite into hard foods, the wire will break. This type of retainer also takes more work to keep clean, so unless the wearer already has solid oral hygiene habits in place (which may be a challenge with children and teens), it’s likely that a Trutain retainer will be your preferred option.