Lingual Wire vs. Vivera Retainer

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Retainer Marietta GAWhen you finish your orthodontic treatment in Marietta, Georgia and have the straight teeth you’ve always wanted, you’ll want to ensure that your smile stays that way.  To help prevent relapse, you’ll need to wear a retainer. Typically, there are two kinds of maintenance protocols that are used.  The first is a lingual wire, and the second is a Vivera retainer.

Lingual Wires

Also known as fixed or bonded retainers, a lingual wire is a thin piece of straight, or braided wire that spans across the width of the backside of your front teeth.  Your Marietta orthodontist will bond the wire to each of your teeth (or the ones on the ends of the wire) to hold it in place, in turn locking the teeth in place and keeping them from moving. (more…)