Permanent “Lingual” Retainers
As the name suggests, a permanent retainer is permanently placed in your mouth. It consists of a thin wire that is bonded to the inside surface of your teeth to protect your beautiful new smile, ensuring it remains straight and healthy for years to come.
Benefits of permanent retainers
There are many benefits of a permanent retainer when compared to a removable one. To begin, once the retainer is placed, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. You don’t have to remind yourself to wear it every night, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting it at home when you go on vacation. This makes it the perfect option for busy adults and teens who have a lot of other things going on in their lives. In addition, permanent retainers are not visible to the outside eye, allowing the appliance to maintain the new position of your teeth without compromising your appearance.
When you receive your permanent retainers with Dr. Partovi, she will also provide you with clear upper and lower retainers. If your permanent appliance breaks, your back-up retainers will hold your teeth in place until you’re able to come into the office and get it fixed.
How to care for yourpermanent retainer
Because your lingual retainer is permanently placed in your mouth, it requires special care to ensure optimal oral health. In order to floss properly, you’ll need to use a floss-threader or a tiny dental “pick” to reach underneath the appliance and thoroughly clean out any debris and prevent cavities. In addition, regular dental cleanings are required to ensure proper oral hygiene – especially if you tend to forget to floss.