How To Care For Your Bonded Retainers

  • A bonded retainer is fine wire ‘glued’ to the back of your front teeth.

How long will it be on my teeth?

  • It is usually intended that this wire will be left indefinitely on your teeth to keep them straight. This means that as long as the wire is on your teeth, your teeth should stay straight. As soon as it is removed, the teeth will move.

How do I clean my bonded retainer?

  • Brush your teeth as normal with a manual or electric tothbrush. In addition, you should use ‘Superfloss’, very small interdental brushes or a Waterpik daily. You must attend your own dentist regularly for routine check ups.

Will it become loose and what should I do?

  • It may become loose from time to time as the ‘glue’ it is stuck on with can wear away. You usually become aware that the wire is loose, because the wire will feel rough against your tongue.
  • Occasionally you may not feel any roughness with your tongue, but only notice some movement of your teeth.
  • Please contact us immediately if this occurs.
  • You should wear the removable retainer day and night as this will stop your teeth moving until you are seen.
  • There is a charge for repair/replacement of the bonded retainer.

 What are the risks associated with bonded retainers?

  • If you fail to contact us when the retainer becomes loose, notice your teeth are moving or fail to wear your removable retainer, your teeth will no longer be straight.
  • If you do not brush your teeth correctly and look after your gums, you may at risk of gum disease. You must visit your dentist regularly and have your gum health checked and some scaling (cleaning) carried out as necessary.
  • If you take frequent sugary foods and drinks, you may be at risk of tooth decay and could get holes in your front teeth around the retainer.

 

If you have any problems with your retainers, please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible.