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Orthodontics guide: Bonded wire retainer

Bonded wire retainer
How a bonded wire retainer is positioned and set to teeth

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What is a bonded wire retainer?

A bonded wire retainer is a small wire glued to the inside of the top or bottom front teeth.


How does the bonded retainer work?

As the wire retainer is both fixed to the teeth but still flexible it prevents the teeth moving out of line after a brace has been removed.


Will it hurt?

There should be no pain or discomfort.


How do I clean my teeth & the retainer?

Extra care must be taken when cleaning your teeth and the wire retainer.


How long will the retainer need to be in place?

As long as the retainer is intact it is better to leave it in place.  Removal may allow the teeth to move even years later.


Will there be any permanent damage?

Poor cleaning and too many fizzy drinks can cause permanent decay marks.  The importance of thorough brushing and the use of a fluoride mouthwash cannot be emphasised enough.


How often should I return for check-ups?

The retainer can be checked by your family dentist at your usual check ups.


How successful will it be?

Occasionally the wire retainer will need repairing or replacing.  Your dentist at your regular check ups will discuss this with you.


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