A fitted wire retainer has been glued to the back of the upper and/or lower front teeth to help keep them in their new position. These are usually left in place for several years but they do have a limited lifespan.

Care of your retainers

To help prolong the life of your retainer(s) you should try to be careful when eating food that may damage them (such as granary bread, hard sweets or anything that needs to be bitten off by your front teeth). Also avoid habits such as chewing pen tops or biting your fingernails.

Cleaning your retainers

Each time you clean your teeth, thoroughly brush the back of your teeth around the retainers. This will prevent problems such as gum disease or tooth decay. Interdental brushes, such as TePe, can be used to gently clean in between the front teeth. Alternatively you can use ‘Superfloss’ to clean between the teeth below the wire.

Problems with your retainers

If you notice any difference in the feel of the retainer(s) such as sharp edges or a loose piece of glue, this could mean part of the retainer has become unglued or the wire has broken. You should phone the practice during normal working hours to arrange an appointment to have the retainer checked and repaired if necessary.

Please remember a broken wire retainer will not keep your teeth straight. Additionally, and in rare circumstances, undesirable movement of the teeth may occur if the wire retainer becomes bent or damaged.

Supervision of your retainers

Your retainer(s) will be supervised by us for up to twelve months. After this time your dentist can check your retainer(s) for you but may refer you back to us if necessary.

Replacement retainers

If your retainers do suffer damage after the supervision period, there will be a charge for maintenance, repairs or replacements.