Retainers in Albania: Quality Teeth Retainers in Tirana

Retainers in Albania are an essential treatment that will help you keep your brand new smile in place. We provide the best retainers in the area, which can be ordered at a special and affordable price.

Dr. Roland Zhuka is a well-known implantologist, specialized in advanced implantology in Rome, Italy. The doctor has also successfully completed other specializations in the US, Lisbon, and Berlin. All treatments can be done under Conscious sedation or total anesthesia since our dental clinic is located inside the best Private Hospital in the Balkans.

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Clear or transparent retainers are recommended as an after-phase for your teeth straightening treatment. They help your teeth not go back to their old position after the alignment.

What is a teeth retainer?

A retainer is an instrument used to shield the result of treatment. There exist several types of retainers, but each one of them is used for the sole purpose of, as its name says, “retaining” the treatment benefits and preventing teeth from shifting out of alignment and returning to their old or worse placement.

A retainer is commonly considered one of the most important steps of the treatment because it makes sure to keep your smile intact and keep your teeth healthy. Retainer treatments are not only useful but, something enough people don’t talk about is that they are also a way to protect the investment you’ve made in your smile with your previous orthodontic treatment.

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What are the benefits of keeping orthodontic retainers?

Even though we have mentioned that retainers can keep your teeth from shifting, fortunately, it isn’t the only advantage they have. Depending on the condition you might have, or not have, your dentist will provide you with suitable retainers, while at the same time presenting you with its benefits:

  • Improves your breathing:

This is not a commonly known fact, however, retainers help you with your breathing. This happens because by helping with the alignment of your jaw and straightening your teeth, retainers indirectly affect your breathing and snoring.

  • Speech improvement:

Specific retainers can help kids with their speech problems. That is because retainers help with the adjustment of the tongue which as an aftereffect causes speech improvement and correct sounds.

  • Prevents diabetes:

This might sound crazy but retainers can decrease the chances of diabetes because it helps you maintain good oral hygiene.

  • Effective chewing:

Of course, straight teeth will affect the way you eat, chew, and bite, making the whole process comfortable and easier.

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What are the types of teeth retainers?

The two main types of retainers are the following:

Fixed retainers

Also known as permanent retainers stay connected to your teeth thanks to a glue-like bonding agent. To be noted: these retainers cannot be removed by yourself. Seeing as front teeth, be it in the lower or upper jaw, are more sensitive to shifting, fixed retainers are mainly used for them, to keep them from shifting over time.

Removable retainers

Removable retainers are as per their name removable and can be inserted or removed from your mouth. Traditional retainers (Hawley) have a section of wire hooked into plastic. While clear retainers (Essix) are also plastic, they do not have wires. Both of them are custom-made and are fittable for your teeth only.

Hawley retainers:

Their advantage is that they are durable and quite effective. Though they can feel invasive at first and alter even the way you speak in the initial days, it isn’t an effect that lasts long. It goes away once the mouth is used to the retainers.

Clear or “Essix” retainers:

Despite being less durable than Hawley retainers, some patients still prefer them because of their name and their aesthetics. They are clear, molded plastic. Meaning, they aren’t as noticeable and are similar to Invisalign models.

About Dr. Roland Zhuka

Dr. Roland Zhuka is a well-known implantologist, specialized in advanced implantology in Rome, Italy. The doctor has also successfully completed other specializations in the US, Lisbon, and Berlin,

How are tooth retainers fitted?

The process of getting retainers fitted depends on which type you get:

Removable Retainers

  • A dental impression of your teeth is taken, using dental putt- a soft material that is similar to play dough.
  • The putty is put in trays and then the trays are inserted over the teeth. This will imprint the unique bite and teeth layout into the putty.
  • The mold is used to then create a plastic or an acrylic teeth retainer. The retainer is ready in a week or more.

Fixed Retainers

  • A metal wire is used to measure the correct placement of the teeth.
  • The wire is set in place thanks to glue.
  • This process does take longer than creating an impression for the removable retainers.
  • However, after the process, there is no waiting period for a laboratory to create the retainer.

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How do I take care of my retainer?

You should take care of your retainer so it won’t get damaged or lost and last for a long time. Below you can find tips on how to take care of it:

  • Take your retainer out of your mouth whenever you are going to eat.
  • When you are not wearing your retainer, put it back on its case.
  • Don’t chew gum while wearing the retainer.
  • Do not leave your retainer in a humid or heated place.
  • Keep your retainer away from pets that may use it as a toy and chew on it.

Additionally, good oral hygiene and health are as important for retainers as natural teeth. What you should do to keep good oral hygiene is:

  • Brush your removable retainer regularly with soap and water. Do not use kinds of toothpaste as some of them are abrasive and might harm your retainer.
  • Dip your retainer in warm water after you’re done with brushing and flossing.
  • If your retainer changes color and turns yellow, kindly scrub it using baking soda and a non-abrading toothbrush.
  • To maintain a fixed retainer, good oral hygiene and flossing around it are enough.

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Frequently asked Questions

A broken retainer should immediately be fixed. Broken wires can jab into and aggravate your gums and lips. Please do not try to fix your retainer at home since it is useless. If your retainer breaks, make sure to see your dentist.

In case you lose your retainer make sure to immediately call your dentist and set an appointment for a day to get your new retainers done. Please do keep in mind that the time you wait will convert into bigger problems and a higher chance for your teeth to shift from their normal position.

Retainers normally have a high price, especially clear ones. However, our clinic, located in Albania, gives you the chance to get them at low and affordable prices, due to low taxes and salaries in Albania.

The answer is simply, no. Retainers do not have the role of braces. They cannot apply the steady pressure braces do, to move teeth into their correct positions.

If your retainer no longer fits, it means your teeth have shifted. It is time for you to go see the dentist to do the right adjustments and make a new retainer.

Your dentist will let you know for how long you will need to wear your retainers. However, the rule of thumb is that they should be worn full-time, day and night for at least four to six months. After that, a new tooth retainer will be worn part-time for the rest of your life.

When you get retainers after your braces, they shouldn’t hurt. They should feel comfortable in the mouth. Nevertheless, you can feel discomfort in the following situations:

  • You haven’t worn your retainers in a long time.
  • Your retainer breaks or cracks.

Normally, teeth will move over time. If the retainer isn’t worn, your teeth will shift and move and they can become easily crooked or misaligned. 

Unfortunately no, the permanent retainers aren’t a lifelong solution. Nonetheless, you should know that if taken care of correctly they can work for years. If broken or worn out, your retainer must be changed.

Just like on the inside of your mouth, bacteria can grow even in retainers. Normally, the bacteria cause bad breath, but in the cases you wear retainers it can also cause a horrible smell on your retainer. That is exactly why cleaning your retainer daily is a must. If your retainer starts smelling, make sure to scrub it with a soft toothbrush, soap, and water.

If you stop wearing your retainers sometimes, you should know that there is a high possibility of your teeth moving back to their old positions. Please keep in mind that the longer you wait, the more your teeth shift and the harder it is to get the retainer to fit right.

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