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Invisible Retainer

The Evolution of Orthodontic Solutions: Invisible Retainers 

A smile can speak a thousand words, and ensuring that it remains beautiful, confident, and healthy is a mission that Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre has championed for years. Modern orthodontics has come a long way from bulky metal braces to subtle solutions like the invisible retainer. 

As the world leans towards aesthetic perfection, the demand for discreet orthodontic treatment methods, like the invisible retainer, has skyrocketed. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of invisible retainers, with insights from the experts at Stricklands.


Understanding the Invisible Retainer

An invisible retainer is a clear, custom-made orthodontic appliance designed to maintain teeth alignment after braces or Invisalign treatment. Unlike traditional metal retainers, these are made from clear plastic, rendering them virtually invisible when worn.


Why Choose an Invisible Retainer?


  1. Aesthetically Pleasing:
    Gone are the days when wearing a retainer meant showcasing a metal-filled smile. The transparent nature of invisible retainers ensures that your smile remains natural, allowing you to carry on with daily activities confidently.
  2. Comfort:
    The custom-fit design ensures that the retainer fits snugly over the teeth, minimizing discomfort.
  3. Ease of Maintenance:
    Keeping retainers clean is crucial. With invisible retainers, one can easily remove them, brush your teeth, and clean the retainer using recommended solutions, ensuring optimal oral hygiene.
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Invisible Retainers vs. Invisible Aligners

While they might sound similar, it’s essential to distinguish between invisible retainers and invisible aligners. Invisible aligners, like the Invisalign treatment, are used for aligning teeth and correcting orthodontic issues. Once the desired alignment is achieved, invisible retainers step in to maintain that position, preventing the teeth from reverting to their initial state.


Types of Retainers: Exploring the Options

Beyond the invisible retainer, there are other types of retainers available. The permanent retainer, for instance, is a thin wire fixed behind the teeth. While they offer the advantage of being non-removable (hence no chances of misplacing them), they can be slightly challenging to clean. The choice between removable invisible retainers and permanent ones largely depends on individual preferences and recommendations by your dentist at Stricklands.

Vivera retainers are another popular choice. Crafted using the same technology as Invisalign, Vivera retainers are custom-fit and provide a robust solution for post-orthodontic treatment maintenance.


The Importance of Wearing a Retainer

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in time, money, and effort. Hence, maintaining the results becomes crucial. Once the braces or aligners are removed, teeth tend to shift. Wearing a retainer consistently ensures that the alignment stays intact. It acts as a safeguard, preserving the hard work done during the orthodontic treatment phase.

Caring for Your Invisible Retainer

To prolong the life of your invisible retainer and maintain oral hygiene:

  • Regular Cleaning: Always rinse your retainer when you remove it. Clean it daily with a soft toothbrush, using lukewarm water. Avoid hot water as it can warp the retainer’s shape.
  • Safe Storage: When not wearing your retainer, store it in its case to prevent damage or misplacement.
  • Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Use dentist-recommended cleaning solutions. Avoid abrasive toothpaste or alcohol-containing mouthwashes.


Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre: Your Partner in Dental Excellence

Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre has consistently showcased its commitment to bringing the latest and best dental solutions to its patients. If you’re considering an orthodontic treatment or have recently completed one, the experienced team at Stricklands is poised to guide you through the journey of choosing the right retainer. With a legacy built on trust, expertise, and patient satisfaction, Stricklands stands as a beacon for those seeking dental excellence.


In Conclusion

The world of orthodontics has undergone evolutionary changes, with invisible retainers being a testament to this evolution. Offering a blend of aesthetics, functionality, and convenience, they’ve transformed post-treatment care for dental patients worldwide. 

At Stricklands Dental Fitness Centre, we’re proud to be at the forefront of this change, guiding our patients towards confident smiles and optimal dental health. Choose invisible retainers and ensure that your smile remains as radiant and aligned as the day you finished your orthodontic treatment.

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