Bonded Fiberglass Retainer
What is a bonded fibreglass retainer?
Bonded fibreglass retainers are strips of tooth-coloured material that are bonded to the interior of the top and bottom front teeth.
How does it work?
After the braces are removed a bonded fibreglass retainer is used to maintain the teeth in their newly aligned position. It does this by working as a type of support for the teeth. The material strengthens the composite filling that has been used and that it is sufficiently rigid to keep the teeth straight.
What are the advantages of a fibreglass retainer over a wire one?
A bonded fibreglass retainer successfully matches the colour of your teeth and is much less noticeable to onlookers than a traditional wire retainer. The retainer should not cause any discomfort or pain.
How should it be cleaned?
You should take extra care when cleaning the retainer and your teeth. You can speak to your dentist for more information.
How long will I need to wear it?
A bonded fibreglass retainer is usually considered a permanent fixture.
Will it cause any damage?
Although there is no risk of damage being caused good dental hygiene is required in the area surrounding the retainer. Insufficient cleaning or excessive consumption of sugary drinks can lead to permanent marks of decay. You should have your retainer checked during routine appointments.
Will I need further treatment?
At some point the retainer will need to be repaired or replaced due to wear and tear. This can be discussed with your dentist during a routine check-up.