When you have your braces taken off, the last thing you want to do is experience relapse. Relapse occurs when the teeth start to slip and move out of position. This is why we encourage all our orthodontic patients to wear a retainer. A retainer is a dental device, which is used to hold the teeth in place and keep your amazing new smile intact.
What is a bonded retainer?
A bonded retainer is a retainer, which is stuck to the teeth using strong dental adhesive; it remains in place to maintain the new position of the teeth and prevent tooth movement. Just like when you have braces, it is important to keep the retainer clean to prevent plaque build-up and decay; it is very easy to keep your retainer clean and we will happily show you how to do this and give you advice about keeping your retainer clean.
We advise all patients to maintain a good oral hygiene routine at home and it is particularly important for patients who have braces or retainers to keep their mouths clean and follow advice about healthy eating; try to avoid eating sugary and chewy foods, which increase the risk of decay and may cause problems getting stuck in your retainer.
What are the advantages of a bonded retainer?
A bonded retainer is advantageous because it stays in place and therefore it is guaranteed to do its job; if you have a removable retainer, you may be tempted to take it out now and again and this may result in your teeth moving out of position. Once the retainer is in place you don’t have to worry about it and it is very simple to keep it clean. For more information about our bonded retainers get in touch with the team near Seapoint.
After undergoing months or years of orthodontic treatment whether it was during your childhood or adulthood, bonded retainers are essential to hold the newly straightened teeth in this position permanently. You will be fitted with both essix retainers and fixed bonded retainers to protect your new straight smile.
Why choose bonded retainers?
After completion of your orthodontic treatment a metal type bar is fixed to the back of your upper and lower teeth. It is very discreet and it keeps your teeth straight and exactly in the position we want them to be in. Whilst wearing retainers it is important to keep an excellent oral hygiene routine just as you did when wearing braces.
Also, patients who are wearing removable retainers who have previously had orthodontic treatment elsewhere in the past, may also now consider bonded retainers instead. Bonded retainers will prevent the need for patients to wear their removable retainers every night. This makes it far more convenient all round with the same assurance of knowing that their straightened teeth will remain in this fixed position.
We provide this service for all current orthodontic patients or new patients who no longer choose to wear their removable appliances.
Feel free to contact us at Dublin18 Dental Care in Dublin to discuss bonded retainers in more detail or to make an appointment.
Traditional metal wire braces are sometimes compared to ‘train tracks’, and, if we shake this comparison from its common position as an insult, there is something appropriate, maybe even poetic, about it. Orthodontic treatment is a kind of journey, potentially quite a long one, towards the glistening Valhalla that is a corrected smile. Unfortunately, however, the journey does not end once the braces are off. The last hurdle – you’re running on those train tracks now – is in fact the few months post-brace, a period when your teeth could ‘relapse’ and negate all that dental work. How can you avoid this? Simple: A bonded retainer.
What is a retainer?
A retainer is a removable device, usually made of plastic and wires, which keeps in place (or ‘retains’) the position of your teeth after brace treatment, and they usually come in one of three types: Hawley, Essix or Bonded. At Dublin18 Dental Care near to Foxrock, we provide bonded retainers for patients. Your mouth is especially prone to relapse during the first month after brace treatment and it is recommended to wear a retainer at all times, but there is no fear of forgetting with a bonded retainer as they are, quite literally, bonded to your teeth. Bonded retainers can also have the aesthetic advantage of being practically invisible. They can be fixed to the inside surfaces of teeth, though in some cases this will affect the quality of your bite and may not be suitable.
Bonded retainers are often left in place for months, years or even lifetimes! Despite the miracles they are capable of working, they also require a little bit of care. When brushing, take some extra time out and brush around the retainer thoroughly. Floss daily and, if it helps, use a floss threader to floss between your teeth and retainer. Remember to attend regular dental checkups and cleanings, and also stay away from sugary food and drinks. The care required for retainers is similar to braces, so the transition shouldn’t be too strange.