Which retainer is the best?!

Question: Which retainer is the best!?
When i get my braces off, i've been told i will need a retainer!. so, for you dental buffs, or if you have a past experience with them, what is the best retainer!? i'm really not wanting a fixed one on my lingual lower teeth becuase they are hard to clean, i've heard, and i would like to be able to remove them!. but if you can convince me then!.!.!.i don't mind any retainer will do!. which is best though!? hawley, essix!.!.!.
thanks in advance for your opinions!Www@Answer-Health@Com

The nice thing about the permanent lingual retainer is that there's really very little effort with it!. It can't be misplaced and for most people, won't affect their speech!. Flossing it is the hardest thing about living with it and honestly it's really not that big of a deal!. You make sure you brush it well, and use the floss threaders you've been using throughout your treatment to get the floss started (but it's loads easier to thread this when you compare it to when you floss your braces!.!.!.!.5 spots vs 20 or so!.!.!.right!?)

You still have to be a bit careful about what you're choosing to bite into - you can knock the retainer loose, but it's not hard living with the thing!.

Essix retainers are all right, but can wear out or tear!. If it's exposed to heat it can melt and it can get lost!.

Hawley's affect speech, can distort from heat, the wire can get bent and can get lost!.

With both the hawley & essix, it's entirely up to the patient to be good about wearing it!. Plus if you don't keep them immaculately clean, they'll start to stink!.

The lingual retainer, being fixed (glued in) takes the responsibility off you!.

For what it's worth, I've had my lingual retainer since '85, don't have hygiene issues with it and will be keeping it!. I still remember how bad my teeth were and will put up with threading the floss for the rest of my life!.

Hope this helps!.Www@Answer-Health@Com

I think removable retainers are better for the reason you stated, because the fixed ones make it much more difficult to clean (the lower teeth)!. I also think that they hold the teeth in place better than the fixed ones!.

If you do get a removable one, you just need to make sure that you wear your retainer religiously!. Some people will lose them or they break, and think they don't need to replace them, but you need to wear them as long as you want your teeth straight!.

There are a lot of people who have had braces, who don't wear their retainers, and I can't even tell that they ever had braces!.

So, any removable one from your ortho should be fine, as long as you wear it!Www@Answer-Health@Com

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