Removable or Bonded Retainers After Braces

Removable or Bonded Retainers

Bonded retainers after orthodontic treatment may seem like just another form of braces, but a bonded retainer is much different than braces. You can’t see a bonded retainer, although the retainer is non-removable just like braces. There are a number of benefits to choosing a bonded retainer and some drawbacks to consider before making the decision. The first three months after braces are removed are the most essential months to wear a retainer so that teeth don’t go back to where they were.


When Compliance is a Concern

If you have a teenager who just got braces off, teeth have the ability to move. One of the biggest issues after wearing braces is getting a teenager to wear a retainer to keep their teeth in place. A bonded retainer doesn’t move and doesn’t need to be remembered by your forgetful teenager. While you will need to be taught how to floss between teeth where the retainer is, a bonded retainer is easy to get used to. There is no need to worry about retainer compliance when a bonded retainer is used. In addition, you can’t lose a bonded retainer like you can a removable one.

A bonded retainer can only be safely removed by a dentist, making it easy for you or your teenager to have in place without worrying about it. With removable retainers, it is much easier to clean your teeth and get between the teeth with floss. If you believe compliance in wearing a retainer will not be a problem, a removable retainer could be the answer. No matter what type of retainer you choose, it’s important to talk with your orthodontist about the importance of wearing the device. When teeth are straightened using braces, the potential for the teeth to become out of line again is high, especially right in the beginning if a retainer is not used.