Permanent Retainer vs. Removable Retainer

September 03, 2014
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Removable retainer

Once your braces are finally off, the next step in the treatment process is to use a retainer to maintain the position of your teeth over the next 9-12 months. After the time and expense involved with getting your smile just right, you’d hate to have to get braces put back on again! It is even possible to have a removable retainer for the top teeth and a permanent retainer for the bottom teeth, which are smaller and more prone to shifting.

Retainers are available in two basic styles, removable and permanent.  Below is a comparison to help you in your decision of which is best for the next stage of your orthodontic treatment.


Removable Retainers


  • Can be worn at bedtime and removed in the morning
  • Able to brush and floss as normal
  • No obstruction in your mouth during the day


  • Not as effective as permanent retainers
  • Can be easily misplaced
  • Failure to comply with wearing schedule results in teeth shifting


Permanent Retainers


  • No need to worry about daily retainer schedules
  • Cannot be lost or misplaced
  • Higher success rate than removable retainers


  • Difficult to floss
  • Always in your mouth


Your doctors at Cronauer and Angelakis have over 50 years of combined orthodontic experience. After assessing your individual habits and alignment needs, they will work with you to figure out the best retainer option for your new, gorgeous smile. Call us to make an appointment today!

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