Dreaming of having straight teeth and a sexy smile? Bear in mind that this will require multiple visits to the dentist and big financial commitment. It takes courage and willingness to do the necessary upkeep. Getting your teeth straight with traditional metal or wire braces is only half the battle. After getting it off, you need to learn how to adapt to a new routine. This is where fixed retainers come in.
Many people get too much excited about getting their braces removed. But the journey to straighter teeth is not over yet. They must still wear a retainer to hold the teeth in place while bones, gums and ligaments adjust to their new positions.
To fully understand if a bonded wire retainer is ideal for your situation, you need to know its benefits and drawbacks.
Compliance is Never a Concern
As patients cannot take permanent retainers in and out on their own, dentists do not require any cooperation beyond keeping the wires clean. This type of retainer reduces the chances of forgetting or misplacing it, as it provides the most control. Bonded retainers are always in place to perform their duty.
As SurreyBraces.co.uk explains, “A fixed retainer typically consists of a passive wire bonded to the tongue-side of the incisors (usually only the lower teeth). Fixed retainers cannot be removed by the patient. Orthodontists prescribe fixed retainers regularly, especially where active orthodontic treatments have effected great changes in the position of the front teeth and there is a high risk of reversal of these changes.”
When it comes to tooth brushing and flossing, however, many people say fixed retainers make it harder to maintain good oral hygiene. This is the reason dentists recommend using thread floss between every tooth. With proper technique, regular dental cleaning could not be complicated. It is important to discuss any difficulty with the dentist. To ensure the wires are still intact, it is advisable to have the bonded retainers checked after cleaning.
You have probably heard many horrifying stories about wearing a fixed retainer. Just the thought of it may freak you out. But knowing what to do after the orthodontic treatment is key to achieving straighter teeth and more beautiful smile.