Fixed retainers are a type of orthodontic appliance that are designed to maintain the position of the teeth after orthodontic treatment. Unlike removable retainers, fixed retainers are bonded to the back of the teeth and cannot be removed by the patient.
Fixed retainers are typically made of a thin wire that is bonded to the back of the teeth with dental cement. The wire is custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth and applies gentle pressure to the teeth, helping to keep them in their new, corrected position.
One of the main benefits of fixed retainers is that they require no additional effort on the part of the patient, as they are always in place and working to maintain the position of the teeth. They also tend to be more effective than removable retainers at preventing relapse, or the teeth moving back to their original position.
However, fixed retainers do require special care and attention to ensure that they remain clean and intact. Patients with fixed retainers must be careful when brushing and flossing, as the wire can make it more difficult to clean between the teeth. Regular check-ups with the orthodontist are also important to ensure that the retainer is still in good condition and working effectively.
Overall, fixed retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment and can help ensure the long-term success of the treatment. It’s important to follow the orthodontist’s instructions on caring for the retainer to ensure the best results.