Q What is a bonded wire retainer?
A A bonded wire retainer is a small wire glued to the
inside of the top or bottom front teeth.
Q How does the bonded retainer work?
A As the wire retainer is both fixed to the teeth but
still flexible it prevents the teeth moving out of line after a brace
has been removed.
Q Will it hurt?
A There should be no pain or discomfort.
Q How do I clean my teeth & the retainer?
A Extra care must be taken when cleaning your teeth and
the wire retainer.
Q How long will the retainer need to be in
A As long as the retainer is intact it is better to
leave it in place. Removal may allow the teeth to move even years later.
Q Will there be any permanent damage?
A Poor cleaning and too many fizzy drinks can cause
permanent decay marks. The importance of thorough brushing and the use
of a fluoride mouthwash cannot be emphasised enough.
Q How often should I return for check-ups?
A The retainer can be checked by your family dentist at
your usual check ups.
Q How successful will it be?
A Occasionally the wire retainer will need repairing or
replacing. Your dentist at your regular check ups will discuss this with