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.