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What Is The Difference Between Braces And Retainers?

By: Your One and Only, Online Dental Expert - Writer, Mr. Efrain E. Silva!

There is one huge difference between the two, a difference much larger than all the other differences, so to speak. And you want to know what it is? Course you do! You’re here and reading, and I like that. So I will make you deal —- read everything here, and you’ll come out a bit more knowledgable on this matter. How does that sound?

Assuming you shook my hand and agreed to the deal, then keep reading. I have got a few nice things in store for you all today, starting with this —- that major difference I promised to reveal to you just now, in that first intro paragraph…. he he he heh. And I bet you are still waiting for it. But patience is a virtue…. and here it comes……

Now, then, that difference, as promised, is this ( can I get a drum roll, please? ….. ) : BRACES ARE ACTUALLY MORE ‘GLUED’ ON TO YOUR VERY MOUTH AND TEETH. AND THEY OUGHT TO NOT BE REMOVED AT ALL, FOR ANY REASON ON THE PLANET, DURING YOUR PERIOD OF TREATMENT ( which varies, based on the extent of the need and the length of time that the dental or ortho expert has stated you need to have the braces in…. everyone is different in this regard so I can not tell you exactly how long that will be, to the month and date, he he he heh…. but if you follow your given routine as best as you can, then you can count on being able to take those out of your mouth soon and advance in your treatment, which is what everyone really hopes for at the end of the day, he he he he heh ) .

Retainers, on the other hand, are not quite like this at all —- far to the contrary, they are made to be REMOVABLE and are so easily done, when needed. Easy to put on. Easy to take off. Boom, and bam!

Wires and molded plastic are what retainers are made of and are a more flexible material for putting on and taking off, too. Yes, none of this is made to stick to your mouth. Heh heh. Thank God they’re not braces, am I right? Big difference. See it now? I hope so, my friend.

Also, some say that braces are only for children and youth —- THIS IS WRONG. REMOVE that stereotype and mouth right out of your mind. It is a false telling, in fact. As a matter of fact, I will say that hundreds of American adults get braces on their teeth each and every single year though you may not see it as often as younger people. Yet they still do it, and it’s never too late to take on braces or retainers for treatment. Go in and see your dentist to ask all those questions!