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What is a bonded wire retainer?
How does the bonded retainer work?
Will it hurt?
How do I clean my teeth & the retainer?
How long will the retainer need to be in place?
Will there be any permanent damage?
How often should I return for check-ups?
How successful will it be?
A bonded wire retainer is a small wire glued to the inside of the top or bottom front teeth.
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.
There should be no pain or discomfort.
Extra care must be taken when cleaning your teeth and the wire retainer.
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.
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.
The retainer can be checked by your family dentist at your usual check ups.
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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