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What Are Bonded Lingual Retainers? Why Do I Need One? Marietta, GA
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After braces are removed, orthodontists recommend an upper removable retainer and place a permanent, or fixed, lower lingual (tongue-side) retainer on your bottom front teeth. Both appliances are designed to maintain the teeth’s new position.

Causes of Movement After Treatment

Without a retainer, teeth can relapse back into their old position over time once the braces are removed. Many factors play a role in relapse, such as:

  • Gum disease and bone loss
  • Normal biting, chewing, and muscle movement
  • Outdated dental work
  • Your tongue pushing against the back of your teeth when you swallow
  • Heavy teeth grinding

It’s essential to wear retainers that will maintain a constant, retentive force on your teeth’s new position. That way you can protect them from the forces that move them out of the ideal alignment you’ve worked so hard to achieve. You don’t want your investment in a gorgeous smile to go to waste.

About Bonded Lingual Retainers

Lower lingual retainers are a simple device, made of either smooth or braided texture wire that’s bonded and cured to the back contour (lingual surface)of your lower anterior teeth. Once placed, it stays there permanently. It’s that easy! Since these teeth are more prone to relapse, a fixed retainer is an excellent investment.

Caring for a Permanent Retainer

You should floss and brush around a lingual retainer daily. When flossing, use a floss threader to reach under the wire, because plaque can build up faster if it is not flossed regularly. Keep to routine preventive dental cleanings so that the area can keep tarter free.

For more advice on braces and retainers, request an appointment at East Cobb Orthodontics in Marietta today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. John Iaculli, East Cobb Orthdontics

East Cobb Orthdontics - Marietta Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Road Marietta, GA 30062

Phone: (770) 993-7118

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