What is a bonded wire retainer?
A bonded wire retainer is a small wire glued to the inside
of the top or bottom front teeth.
How does the bonded retainer work?
As the wire retainer is both fixed to the teeth but still
flexible it prevents the teeth moving out of line after the
orthodontic appliance or brace has been removed.
Will it hurt?
No,there should be no pain or discomfort.
How do I clean my teeth & the retainer?
Extra care must be taken when cleaning your teeth and the
How long will the retainer need to be in place?
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.
Will there be any permanent damage?
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.
How often should I return for check-ups?
The retainer can be checked by your family dentist at your
How successful will it be?
Occasionally,if there is damage or discomfort, the wire retainer
will need repairing or replacing.