Bonded Retainers

 

Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre, we provide bonded retainers after orthodontic treatment and to prevent teeth from moving out of place. A bonded retainer is a metal wire which is fixed into place with dental cement on the inside of your upper or lower teeth after orthodontic treatment. They are usually placed on your front teeth which means they are not suitable for treatment with molars or premolars. It is very important to get a retainer after orthodontic treatment to prevent the movement of teeth back to their previous position.

 

There are many advantages to having a bonded retainer. It is a fixed and permanent appliance which means once it is in you don’t have to worry about where you have left it or ensure that you have worn it enough to stop your teeth moving like with a removeable retainer. A bonded retainer is great option as it can not be seen because it is glued to the back of the teeth. A removable retainer is clear but can sometimes still be noticed. A bonded retainer can last a very long time if it cared for correctly. Bonded retainers have been known to last up to 10 years which is a lot longer than other retainer types. Financially, a bonded retainer can work out the best as it does not need to be replaced due to it breaking or being lost like removable retainers. The only problem that can occur with bonded retainers is that it can be difficult to floss under them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is a bonded retainer painful?

At first a bonded retainer can be uncomfortable as your tongue is drawn to touching it but you will get used to it quicky and forget that it is there. If you feel any sharp pieces it could mean that the retainer has broken so it is important to get it fixed to ensure that your teeth do not move.

How long do bonded retainers last?

A bonded retainer can last from 3 years to 10 years depending on the patient. A lower retainer can last longer than an upper retainer as there is less activity on the bottom teeth. A bonded retainer can become unbonded or degrade over time which means it will need to be fixed or replaced.

Can teeth move with bonded retainer?

Bonded retainers are very effective in keeping teeth in alignment. They work more than 90% of the time in keeping teeth from moving. There is a small chance of them causing unintentional tooth movement which can be fixed by retreatment.

What does a bonded retainer do?

A bonded retainer is a metal wire which sits behind the upper or lower six front teeth to keep them in their position. It is cemented onto the teeth as these teeth are most likely to move after orthodontic treatment. A bonded retainer is a great option because it is fixed, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to wear it enough or losing it.

How do I clean my bonded retainer?

It is important to practice good oral hygiene as it easy for food to get trapped in the bonded retainer which can lead to cavities. Brush your teeth twice a day and take extra time to brush where the bonded retainer is. Floss between all of the teeth. It is important to use interdental brushes in between the teeth and the retainer to push out any trapped food or plaque. Make sure you go for regular check ups and cleanings here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic to remove any plaque that has calcified.

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