Which Retainer Suits You?

What Kind of Retainer After Braces is Better, Clear Plastic or Wire?

After someone undergoes orthodontic treatment and has their braces removed, it is recommended they wear a retainer to prevent the teeth from shifting position. However, there are several options to choose from when selecting a retainer, and some argument exists as to which is the better type. The two most common kinds are clear plastic and wire, and there are benefits and downsides to both types.

Wire Retainers

Wire retainers tend to be made of bendable wire and acrylic. The wire fits across the front of the teeth, while the acrylic is molded to fit the inside of the mouth. These retainers last for long periods of time without the need of replacement, and allow teeth to touch in a natural way. However, they’re also very noticeable, and sometimes cause patients to speak with a lisp. Many people dislike metal retainers for this reason. Wire retainers are also adjustable, so the orthodontist can make adjustments to it if necessary.

Clear Plastic

This is the most common type of retainer, as well as the most commonly known. The upside to clear plastic retainers is that they are nearly invisible, allowing patients to show off their newly straightened smiles. They are also sometimes more comfortable than wire retainers. However, clear plastic retainers have a tendency to wear out after a few years, and they don’t allow the top and bottom teeth to touch one another in a natural way. They also can be difficult to properly clean, and can trap water and other liquids against the teeth.

Which is better?

The ultimate choice of which retainer to use is up to the patient. Neither holds any significant medical advantage over the other; personal preference and comfort come largely into play. However, cost should also be considered; if someone is on a tight budget, wire retainers may be a better choice because of their increased longevity.

Retainers are necessary primarily because teeth have not stopped moving after the braces come off. While the teeth may be in the correct place, the muscles, gums, and jaw bone will not yet have adjusted to the change. As a result, the retainer helps to keep the teeth in the right place until the mouth adjusts as a whole. Retainers will need to be worn every day for around six months, and then only at night after that. After a few years, it is possible to only wear them a few nights per week. However, you should never stop wearing your retainer completely, lest the teeth become crooked again.

If you’ve ever seen braces before and after photos, then you know the difference they can make in your smile. Don’t ruin that by not wearing a retainer. There are different types of Braces Manhattan Beach. Selecting the kind that works best for you is important. Pay a visit to Beach Braces, your local orthodontist at Manhattan Beach, to get started towards the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

Which Retainer Suits You?

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Super Sea Hawk Game #1: Dr. Patrica J. Panucci

It’s time for Sea Hawk Football! Last night the Sea Hawk football program wrapped up it’s off season training with a scrimmage for all three levels vs Loyola High School. Our boys played hard, with passion and pride! We are ready to head into our pre-season schedule next Friday vs. North Torrance. Coaches and players have been working hard all summer; installing offensive, defensive and special team’s packages, as well as strength, speed and agility training. Over 40 players made the Summer “Brotherhood Club”!

Furthermore, our parent committees, led by new team mom Cherish Muzik, have been busy getting organized and planning for an awesome year. Our second annual Pancake Breakfast was a great success, and our boys enjoyed the first team movie night “When the Game Stands Tall”. The Media Guide is coming together, as well as our stadium and field banners.

Be sure to get all your Sea Hawk Football info on our website and Facebook Pages

All future newsletters will announce the previous games’: Offensive Player of the Game, Defensive Player of the Game, Special Teams Player of the Game, and Scout/Practice “Eagar Beaver” Player of the Week.

Super Sea Hawk Game #1:

Next week:

Vs. North Torrance High School

Game time: Friday, August 39th, @ 7:00pm

Location: North Torrance HS

Special Note: Every player in the RU Football program will be wearing an “AW” sticker on their helmets to show our love and support to the Whitson family. Brothers for life.

Super Sea Hawk Game #1: Dr. Patrica J. Panucci

Dr. Panucci is a local orthodontist who generously donated high end, individually form fit, mouth pieces to all the boys in our program. She went above and beyond making sure our boys were as safe as possible; feeding them lunch and fitting each player.


The “Super Sea Hawk” is an awesome tradition the Sea Hawk Football family is very proud of. Each game week our players will get together with the coaches and choose a person (teacher, administrator, staff, parent or anyone in the community) that has helped support them in some way; be it academically, athletically, emotionally, etc.

The Super Sea Hawk is an enjoyable and special experience for all those involved. During the week, the Super Sea Hawk is invited to any practice/meeting/ “behind the scenes look” they would like to attend. They will be the guest of honor at our team dinner Thursday night, and then invited down to our sideline during the game. We’ll also give them a long sleeve red shirt with “Super Sea Hawk” on it so they can be recognized at the games.

This is one way we would like to recognize a few of the many people that support and encourage our student-athlete football players.

Thank you!

Matt Ballard – Head Football Coach

Redondo Union High School

One Sea Hawk Way

Redondo Beach, Ca. 90277

310-798-8665 ext# 4601


* this article was taken from: Sea Hawk Football Newsletter: August 23, 2014

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