A bonded fibreglass retainer is a tooth coloured strip of material fixed to the inside of your bottom or top front teeth.
The bonded fibreglass retainer works as a support to the teeth to prevent them moving out of line after the removal of a brace. The fibreglass adds strength to the composite filling material that is used. It makes it rigid enough to hold the teeth straight.
The bonded fibreglass retainer is less obtrusive and visible than a bonded wire retainer. The bonded fibreglass retainer is tooth coloured.
There should be no pain or discomfort.
Extra care must be taken when cleaning your teeth and the fibreglass retainer.
The bonded fibreglass retainer would best be regarded as permanent.
The bonded fibreglass retainer will not cause any damage but poor dental hygiene around the retainer will. Poor cleaning and too many fizzy drinks can cause permanent decay marks.
The bonded fibreglass retainer can be checked by your family dentist at your usual check ups.
Everyday wear and tear will necessitate the repair or replacement of the fibreglass retainer at some future date. Your dentist at your regular check ups will discuss this with you
As the bonded fibreglass retainer is both fixed and permanent it is more reliable than a removable retainer.