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