Permanent retainers consist of a thin wire that is properly adapted and bonded ("glued") to the inside surfaces of the front six teeth. These little wires will help prevent significant movement of the teeth without having to be constantly reminded to "wear your retainer." Many of our patients have had these on for nearly 15 years and are still extremely happy with their smiles.
How do I care for my permanent retainer?
Permanent retainers require diligent cleaning to prevent cavities and build-up of calculus, which may lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Please, follow instructions on proper flossing of the retainers with the floss-threader or Opal Pix to get underneath it. Routine dental cleaning by a general dentist or a hygienist could be and should be done on a routine basis. If flossing daily is "not your/your child's thing" more frequent dental cleaning visits are highly recommended (e.g. every 3 months instead of every 6 months).
If during retention visits it becomes obvious that maintenance of retainer is inadequate – we'll make a note of it and review hygiene with you/your child. If poor hygiene continues, the permanent retainer may be removed and replaced with removable one. Leaving a permanent retainer in a poor oral environment may result in severe damage to your teeth and supporting structures.