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Old 09-04-2003, 02:39 PM   #1
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I seem to be caught in an disagreement between my orthodontist and my dentist.

My orthodontist uses a permanent retainer when he takes off braces. He puts composit (glue) on each tooth to attach the retainer. This is the only way that he will guarantee his work.

My dentist feels that the orthodontist uses too much composit and that it interferes with hygiene and the ability to floss. He says that the composit irritates the gums and will cause problems long term. He would prefer to see the permanent retainer attached in 2 places (rather than to each tooth) with less composit used.

Does anyone know what other orthodontists do? or what is the preferred practice?


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Old 09-15-2003, 01:28 PM   #2
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Hi there! I have had 2 permanent retainers for about 12-13 years. They are like you described, bonded to EACH tooth in question (4 on top, 6 on bottom). I will say that the glue has never interfered with the hygiene of my gums or teeth, but it IS a pain in the butt to floss around all of that garbage, and it does seem that something always gets caught in there that needs to be flossed out.

When I don't have access to a toothpick, I find myself constantly working my tongue over them trying to dislodge a bit of food. Sometimes I rub my tongue absolutely raw trying to get at whatever it is. I really wish I could have the type that is only bonded to two teeth- I think it would make a big difference.

Lately I've had some tooth movement in my back teeth, but the front ones (the wired ones) have stayed in place beautifully.

I guess each type has it's advantages & disadvantages, but I don't think your dentist has to worry about hygiene being an issue. Heck, any type of retainer is less maintenance than braces!

Good Luck!

Old 09-15-2003, 01:52 PM   #3
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I have been told to NEVER have a permanent retainer put in your mouth. It would be a breeding ground for bacteria and other sorts of junk that will be hard to remove. I would request a removable type. The ortho can't force you to get the permanent one... so don't let him!

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