What is Orthodontic Retention?
The day your braces get removed is an exciting day and a huge achievement, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of your orthodontic treatment. To make sure your dream smile stays straight and the teeth don’t shift back, patients will need to wear a retainer to “retain” the teeth in their new positions. A fixed retainer might be your answer
A lot of patients ask what is a retainer and why do I need to wear it after their treatment. Retainers are custom-made, removable or fixed appliances that help teeth maintain their new position after the patient’s braces have been removed. Retainers can also be used to treat minor orthodontic problems.
Orthodontic retainers are extremely important in maintaining the tooth and bite correction you achieve with braces. That is where adult retainers can play a major role in preventing any crowding or misalignment of the teeth.
Permanent, but Perfect!
A Bonded (fixed) retainer is a passive wire bonded to the tongue- side of the teeth. These types of retainers are typically made of stainless steel. Bonded (fixed) retainer on your upper teeth may last up to three years, while the lower bonded (fixed) retainer may last even longer as this part of the mouth doesn’t see as much activity. Even if it’s been a short time since the retainers’ installation, the wires can then become unbonded to the teeth without you even realizing it. A permanent or fixed retainer may be even better if your teeth are likely to shift after braces, or if you worry about losing or damaging your retainer while you eat or brushing your teeth. Like removable retainers, fixed or permanent retainers have their advantages and disadvantages as well.
Advantages of Bonded (Fixed) Retainers
The benefit of fixed retainers is that they don’t require patient compliance. The retainers are permanently bonded onto the teeth, so the patient doesn’t have to remember to put in and take out the retainer. Also, fixed retainers offer 24/7 retention for your teeth. Therefore, there is no doubt that your son or daughter will wear the retainer because it can’t be taken out as the fixed retainer is permanently installed in your mouth. Don’t worry it is hidden so no one will know that you have a retainer in your mouth. Another benefit is that it is difficult to damage from normal everyday use of your mouth. These will keep your teeth in place to help keep all of your teeth aligned, since the retainer is always in place.
How to Care for your Bonded (Fixed) Retainers
Fixed retainers require diligent cleaning to prevent cavities and buildup of calculus, which may lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Please follow the instructions on proper flossing of the retainers with a floss- threader to get underneath it. A waterflosser may be used. Also, routine dental cleaning by your general dentist or hygienist could be and should be done on a regular basis. For instance, more frequent dental cleaning visits are highly recommended. If during your retention visit it becomes obvious that maintenance of your retainer is inadequate, then our team of professionals will review hygiene care for the fixed retainer.
If poor hygiene continues, the bonded (fixed) retainer will be removed and replaced with a removable one. Leaving a bonded (fixed) retainer in a poor oral environment may result in severe damage to your teeth and supporting structures.
As always, if you have any questions regarding how to care for your bonded (fixed) retainer, our office staff is available!
How Much Does a Bonded (Fixed) Retainer Cost?
When the time comes for your post- orthodontic treatment, you always wonder what it will cost for your Bonded (fixed) retainer. A permanent, or bonded retainer may cost from $150- $500 to put in place or replace if broken or lost. The cost of the initial placement may be included in the overall cost of your braces.
Orthodontic Experts is here to help you through your investment for your new dream smile!
Stop your Smile from Shifting with the help of Orthodontic Experts
At Orthodontic Experts we have a team of experienced and qualified orthodontists that can provide professional insight on any questions or concerns you may have with your retainers. Right now is the best time to start thinking about which type of retainer you would like. Check out the great smile protection plans we have available below!
So, contact us today at 855-720-2470 if you have any questions about the types of retainers that we have to offer. Our team is family to all of you!
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