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Toothy Questions: What is a Fixed Retainer?

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Whatever kind of teeth realignment treatment you decide is right for you, it’s likely that you’ll become very familiar with a retainer.

Retainers are used to help keep your teeth in the correct position when your braces are removed by reminding them of the position they need to be in.

Many people have removable retainers. These are usually made from specialist clear acrylic, and slip on over the top of your teeth. How regularly you’ll need to wear your retainer will depend on the advice of your orthodontist, but initially it’s likely to be every night.

However, there is an alternative. Some people choose to have a fixed retainer. These are usually very simple and consist of a single piece of thin wire that is permanently attached to the back of your teeth.

What are the benefits of a fixed retainer?

The major benefit of a fixed retainer is that it will keep your teeth perfectly in place! With a fixed retainer, there’s no concern that your teeth will slip slowly out of position. It’s also completely discreet, and you won’t be able to see it from the front.

Does a fixed retainer need any special care?

The great thing about fixed retainers is that you’ll probably forget that you have one! They won’t affect your speech or how you eat.

In fact, the only thing you need to remember is to make sure you keep the retainer clean and clear from food debris. Your orthodontist will be able to recommend effective techniques for doing this.

How long should you keep your fixed retainer for?

There’s no time limit on how long you can keep a fixed retainer for. Ideally, you would wear it indefinitely but it is entirely up to you.

If you’re currently making a decisions about what kind of retainer to choose, you may want to read about why retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment.