Friday, March 2, 2018

Permanent Retainer after Orthodontic Treatment

The day has come, where you complete orthodontic treatment and anticipate the removal of brackets and wires. If you’ve completed Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to have the “pucks” or “bumps” removed from the teeth. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, doesn’t want all of your hard work to go to waste, which is why she is eager to discuss retainer options that best suit your needs. Though removable retainers are a common option, permanent retainers, also known as bonded retainers, are available as well.

A bonded retainer is a very thin piece of wire that is attached to the back of the teeth once orthodontic treatment is complete. It won’t be visible, but you may feel a slight pressure as this method works to keep teeth straight during all hours of the day. Bonded retainers may take some getting used to, but one of the biggest advantages is that you won’t have to remember to place your non-removable retainer in the mouth. If you decide to be fitted with a bonded retainer, be sure to discuss oral hygiene options with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, as flossing becomes slightly more difficult.

If you have questions or concerns about orthodontic treatment or aftercare options, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS in our Holmdel, NJ office, call 732-264-8180.

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