When you hear the word retainer, you probably think of a removable brace. These are often made out of high quality clear acrylic that is moulded perfectly to the shape of the patient’s teeth.
This type of retainer can be worn at various stages of the teeth realignment journey. They may be used as the primary treatment, such as in the Invisalign programme. Patients who have chosen a more traditional form of fixed orthodontic treatment are often fitted with a removable retainer to wear after their brace has been removed.
How are bonded wire retainers different?
Bonded wire retainers are different in a number of ways. Firstly; they’re not removable. Secondly; they look very different.
Bonded wire retainers are made of a single piece of curved wire. This wire is permanently attached to the back of the teeth. This ensures that the teeth will stay in position.
When are bonded wire retainers used?
You may be offered a bonded wire retainer once the main part of your orthodontic treatment has come to an end. Once your teeth have been successfully moved into a more favourable position, your orthodontist may suggest this method for keeping them there!
What are the benefits of a bonded wire retainer?
The major benefit of having a bonded wire retainer fitted after orthodontic treatment is that it ensures that your teeth will stay exactly where you want them. You won’t have to remember to wear a removable retainer, and you won’t have any difficulty eating or drinking.
Bonded wire retainers are very discrete. As they are attached to the back of your teeth, no one else will be able to see them. You’ll also probably find that you quickly forget it’s there!
Are you considering the benefits of a bonded wire retainer? Contact one of our specialist practices to find out how this could fit into your orthodontic treatment plan.