What are the alternatives to getting a clear plastic dental retainer?

Alternative to getting a clear plastic dental retainer include a vacuform or invisible retainer, which covers all teeth with a clear plastic and molds directly onto the teeth. They are a good cosmetic option but may not last as long as other retainers.

Fixed or permanent retainers are another option for some people. These retainers have wires that are bonded onto the back of your front teeth. Extra care must be taken to brush and floss between the teeth when wearing a fixed retainer to prevent dental problems.

Only your orthodontist can decide which type of retainer, if any, is best for you.

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