I’m not a dentist so these definitions are not strict.

(1) After you have your braces removed, a retainer is something you put on to your teeth every night while you sleep. The objective is to keep your straight teeth in place. There are plastic and metal retainers.

(2) As I’m sure you know there is a treatment called Invisalign. Transparent braces are put into your teeth and their objective is to align your teeth, to straighten your teeth. These objects look identical to (plastic) retainers but are called aligners.

How do you say “retainer” and “aligner” in french and what are their genders? If there are no french equivalents for these nouns then that’s fine, please let me know. Thank you for your help. 😊✌🏽

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I According to this source you'd have to translate "retainer" by "appareil de retention". According to this one there are several possibilities, including "no translation" (the English).

  • dental retainer
  • appareil de rétention (masculine)
  • appareil de contention (masculine)
  • appareil de maintien (masculine)

II For "aligner" the translation should be "gouttière" (ref..). It's a feminine word.

This source shows that the full term is "gouttière dentaire".

  • Thank you so much for your help!!! This is super helpful and useful! 😊
    – Noybwbh
    Dec 8, 2020 at 0:24

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