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Bonded Retainer

Unlock the Secret to a Perfect Smile with the Power of Bonded Retainers

A perfectly straight smile is something that many of us aspire to have, and with the help of orthodontic treatments, it’s more attainable than it was ever before. However, it’s not always easy to maintain that straight smile once your braces have been removed. That’s where Bonded Retainers come in– a simple and effective solution to keeping your teeth straight and aligned in the long-run. At Orthodontic Experts, we’re proud to offer Bonded Retainers as part of our range of orthodontic treatments. So why wait? Book your consultation with Orthodontic Experts today and unleash the power of fixed retainers.

What is a Bonded Retainer?

Bonded Retainers are essentially small wires that are attached to the back of your teeth, following the removal of Traditional Metal Braces. These wires are carefully positioned to keep your teeth in the correct alignment, preventing them from shifting out of place over time. The retainers are made from a strong, durable material that should last for many years, making them a long-term solution to maintaining your perfect smile.
But what about the practicalities of having a Bonded Retainer fitted? The process is quick and easy, typically taking around an hour to complete. Our orthodontist will start by carefully cleaning and drying the surface of your teeth, to ensure that the retainer can be securely fixed in place. Then, a special bonding agent will be used to attach the retainer wire to your teeth, taking great care to ensure that it’s secure.
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Once your Fixed Retainer is in place, you’ll be able to go about your daily life as normal. However, it’s important to remember that you’ll need to take care of your retainer to ensure that it lasts for as long as possible.
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Uses of Bonded Retainers

Bonded Retainers are a crucial aspect of the orthodontic treatment process, and they play a significant role in maintaining the results of the treatment. Here are the uses of Bonded Retainers:

Prevent Teeth from Shifting

After the braces are removed, teeth tend to shift back towards their original position. Bonded Retainers hold the teeth in place, preventing them from shifting back to their previous position, keeping the teeth straight and aligned.

Less Maintenance

Bonded Retainers require less maintenance and care than removable retainers. Since the retainers are fixed in place, there is no need to remove and wear them every day. This means that there is no chance of losing or forgetting to wear them, which may cause additional costs and delays in the treatment process.

Maintaining Correct Bite

Bonded Retainers help maintain the proper bite, preventing other dental issues such as jaw alignment problems and headaches.

Long-lasting results

Bonded Retainers are permanent, which means that they are intended to last for many years without requiring any additional replacements. This makes them an excellent investment for patients, providing them with long-lasting results, and saving them both time and money.

Pros and Cons of Permanent Bonded Retainers

Orthodontic Experts recommend careful consideration before making a decision on whether to opt for a permanent Bonded Retainer. While there are benefits to this option, patients must also consider the downsides. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of permanent Bonded Retainers:

Pros of Permanent Bonded Retainers

  • Compliance

Once your permanent Bonded Retainer is in place, you won’t have to worry about putting it in or taking it out like you would with a removable retainer. You’ll simply have to follow your orthodontist’s instructions about how long and when to wear it.

  • No risk of losing or misplacing the retainer

With a removable retainer, there’s always the risk of misplacing it or losing it altogether. With a Bonded Retainer, you’ll never have to worry about that.

  • Less prone to damage

Bonded Retainers are made of strong, durable materials that aren’t likely to break or become damaged easily. This means you won’t have to worry about replacing it frequently.

Cons of Permanent Bonded Retainers

  • Difficulty Cleaning

Cleaning around the retainer can be challenging and requires extra time and attention. Brushing and flossing around the wires will be necessary to maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent cavities.

  • Irritate the tongue

Bonded Retainers are made of metal, and the wire that runs behind your teeth might irritate your tongue at first. While most people get used to it over time, it can take some time to adjust to.

  • Speech Impairment

Patients may initially experience a slight lisp, as the newfound metal at the back of the teeth may affect speech in the initial days of installation.

How to Clean a Bonded Retainer?

A Bonded Retainer is a thin wire that is glued to the back of your teeth to keep them in place. Over time, food particles and plaque can accumulate on the wire, making it difficult to keep clean. To keep your teeth and the retainer in good condition, it’s important to clean it regularly. Here are some tips on how to clean your Bonded Retainer:

  • Brush Regularly

Brushing your teeth regularly is essential to ensure that both your teeth and Bonded Retainer remain clean. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush your teeth thoroughly, paying special attention to the area around the retainer. Use circular motions to help loosen any debris that may have accumulated on the wire.

  • Floss Frequently

Flossing your teeth is important, but it’s just as important to floss around your Bonded Retainer. Special flossing tools like floss threaders or orthodontic floss are available to help you floss around the wire. Flossing regularly will help remove any debris or food particles that may be stuck between your teeth and the retainer.

  • Use a Water Flosser

A water flosser is a handy tool that can help you clean your Bonded Retainer thoroughly. This device shoots a stream of water into your mouth which can help remove any debris or food particles that may be stuck around the wire. Use a low-pressure setting to avoid damaging the retainer or your teeth.

  • Visit Your Orthodontist

Regular visits to your orthodontist are essential to ensure that your Bonded Retainer is well-maintained. They can assess the condition of your retainer, clean it effectively, and make any necessary repairs. Your orthodontist can also give you additional tips on how to clean your retainer effectively.

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Cost of Bonded Retainers

Orthodontic Experts offer Bonded Retainers for patients after the completion of orthodontic treatments. These retainers are designed to keep teeth from shifting back to their original position, and the cost of a Bonded Retainer ranges from $150 to $500. The final cost for a Bonded Retainer depends on several factors, including the specific type of retainer required, the complexity of the patient’s treatment, and the length of time the retainer will need to be worn. However, patients can rest assured that Orthodontic Experts will provide high-quality, reliable retainers that are well worth the investment to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.
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Get a Confident Smile with Orthodontic Experts

If you’re looking for a way to keep your teeth aligned after orthodontic treatment, the experts at Orthodontic Experts have got you covered. Offering fixed Bonded Retainers, also known as Permanent Retainers, Orthodontic Experts can give you peace of mind knowing your teeth will stay straight and in place. Unlike removable retainers, Fixed Retainers are bonded to the back of your teeth, making them low maintenance and inconspicuous. With Orthodontic Experts, you can trust that you’re getting top-notch care from experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams with the help of Permanent Retainers. Schedule a no-cost initial consultation today!
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frequently asked questions

Bonded Retainers FAQs

If I choose a fixed Bonded Retainer, how long do I have to wear it?

As long as good oral hygiene is maintained, one can wear a fixed Bonded Retainer indefinitely without any concerns about cavities or gum problems. In other words, if you take good care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for check-ups every six months, you shouldn’t have to worry about your fixed Bonded Retainer causing any oral health issues.

How long do bonded lingual retainers last?

Bonded lingual retainers are known for their long-lasting effects. A Bonded Retainer on your upper teeth may last up to three years, while a lower Bonded Retainer will last up to 20 years. However, it is essential to note that the longevity of the retainer is dependent on good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.

My Bonded Retainer broke. What should I do?

If your Bonded Retainer breaks, do not panic. While it is essential to seek assistance from an orthodontist, it is also crucial that you act quickly to avoid shifting of teeth. Contact Orthodontic Experts as soon as possible, and we will schedule an appointment to have the retainer fixed.

What can I eat with my bonded lingual retainers?

It is best to avoid hard and sticky foods such as candy, popcorn, nuts, and ice when you have a fixed Bonded Retainer. These types of foods can damage the bonding adhesive and cause your retainer to break or come loose. Instead, opt for soft foods such as cooked vegetables, pasta, and rice. If you do indulge in something crunchy or sticky, be sure to brush your teeth and clean your retainer thoroughly afterwards.

What are the risks with Bonded Retainers?

The main risk with a fixed Bonded Retainer is that it can come loose or break. This can happen if you eat hard or sticky foods, or if the bonding adhesive weakens over time due to poor oral hygiene or other factors. It is also possible for food particles to get stuck between your teeth and the retainer, which can lead to cavities or gum problems if not removed promptly. If you notice any damage to your retainer or experience any discomfort, be sure to contact your orthodontist right away.

How many teeth do permanent Bonded Retainers hold?

Bonded Retainers only hold your front six teeth in place. This is because these teeth are the most visible and are, therefore, the most prone to shifting after orthodontic treatment.

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