These retainers also known as fixed retainers and are cemented by our orthodontist to the backs of your teeth. They may be used for younger patients who may not remember to wear a removable retainer. Dr. Michele Renick can place a fixed retainer in your smile, but there are some things to consider.
First, you will need to continue following the food restrictions you had while you wore your braces since you cannot remove the retainer for meals. If you play sports, you will need to wear a mouth guard to protect your retainer. Second, since your retainer is bonded to the back of your smile, you will have to be very careful about brushing and flossing. Talk to Dr. Renick about using a floss threader or interdental cleaner to reach the area around your retainer. Finally, if you do break your retainer, you may not realize it until you notice your teeth drifting back into their original positions.
If you do damage your fixed retainer, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Renick as soon as you can. In the meantime, you can purchase a mouth guard to wear while you sleep and avoid any foods that can might push your teeth any further out of alignment. You can make an appointment for braces and talk with Dr. Renick about fixed retainers in Sunbury and Highland, Ohio, when you call Renick Orthodontics at 740-936-5003.