Wearing a retainer after braces is important to protect your orthodontic investment. Without retention, your teeth will drift out of position over time. A retainer helps keep your aligned smile intact!
Permanent retainers, which are also known as bonded retainers or fixed retainers, are made with a wire component that is bonded behind the teeth. They are commonly installed behind the bottom teeth and used in conjunction with a removable retainer for the top teeth.
These bonded retainers have a few advantages. Since they’re permanent, they are always working to keep your smile in place, so you’re less at risk of losing your alignment. They are also invisible and comfortable to wear!
Bonded retainers do require more careful hygiene habits, as their placement may exacerbate plaque buildup. Practicing good brushing and flossing habits can help reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, or other conditions.