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.