A Permanent Retainer for Permanent Smile

Once you are done with your braces, your orthodontist at orthodontic experts may place a permanent retainer in your mouth. When you finally get your braces off, you’ll likely to find you have a choice between wearing removable retainers regularly at night, and having a permanent or lingual retainer bonded to the back of your teeth. Teeth can move back over time once the influence of braces goes away; wearing a bonded retainer after orthodontic treatment prevents your teeth from moving back into their old, incorrect positions.

Permanent Retainer

What is a Permanent Retainer?

A permanent retainer, also known as a bonded retainer or fixed retainer, involves a metal bar or wire that holds your teeth where they are, preventing them from moving after an orthodontic treatment. This is typically used after a braces removal when your teeth are nicely aligned. Retainer helps prevent issues such as gapping or crowding.

Typically these retainers are bonded to the inside of the lower front teeth because the lower front teeth have the shortest, smallest roots, which means that they’re more likely to shift over time due to their smaller foundations. At Orthodontic Experts we had patients who had previous orthodontics and were not the most diligent about wearing retainers, their lower front teeth started to shift back.

Bonded retainers are different than a Vivera retainer, Essix retainer, or a Hawley retainer, which all are removable. Once a permanent retainer is fixed to your teeth, it’s not coming out unless something goes wrong.

What should you do if your Permanent retainer has broken?

Your permanent retainer broke? You should visit Orthodontic Experts to get it fixed as soon as you can. You will probably have the option to get it removed and replaced, or you can choose to get a removable one so your permanent one doesn’t break again. If you find your retainer broke in some way, you should do immediately inspect the damage if part of the wire has got loose or a wire is poking out and causing pain and discomfort, you should visit Orthodontic Experts to get it fixed. Avoid hard, sticky, or gummy foods because a permanent retainer is a lot like having braces. You would never want your bonded retainer to break off any more than it already has. If the retainer cut your tongue or the inside of your cheek, prevent infection and help cuts heal by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water.

Pros of a Permanent Retainer

A bonded retainer eliminates the chance of human error because you can’t forget to wear it. One of the best advantages of a fixed retainer is that it takes the pressure off the patient because the retainer is permanently cemented to the teeth and patients don’t need to worry about remembering to wear the retainer every night, or keep it clean outside of regular oral hygiene.  

A permanent retainer is completely invisible because it’s placed behind the teeth, and is often thinner and more comfortable to wear than a wire removable retainer.

Lastly, while a bonded retainer usually requires an adjustment period, many individuals find that eventually, they forget they even have one.

Cons of a Bonded Retainer

There are a few disadvantages of permanent retainers such as they can make it difficult to properly clean teeth, the wire can trap food, bacteria, and other debris, increasing the risk of dental problems, especially if you don’t brush and floss regularly, they can become damaged or wear down over time, so you may have to replace it at some point. Since they are only affixed to the front teeth, they can’t help keep side or back teeth aligned.

How Much Does Permanent Retainer Cost?

For some patients a permanent retainer cost might seems a bit higher and they can say it’s quite priced but remember that it’s meant to keep your teeth straight for decades and help you maintain the beautiful smile you have got after a long period of wearing braces.

A permanent retainer cost can be up to $500 for one and $1,000 if you get a retainer on your both lower and upper teeth.

Visit Orthodontic Experts

If you are questioning whether a bonded retainer may be right for you, contact Orthodontic Experts today for more information about permanent retainers! At Orthodontic Experts, we have a team of experienced and qualified orthodontist that can provide professional insight on any questions or concerns you may have with your teeth. You can visit any of our office near you. We have offices at multiple locations in Illinois.  Schedule a free consultation now.