Just like your braces, your fixed retainer represents a serious investment in maintaining your alignment and improving the overall function of your mouth. A fixed retainer is cemented in place behind your teeth. It cannot be removed by anyone other than your orthodontist.
Some people find it difficult to clean the spaces in and around the retainer wire. You will need to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing twice per day. A fixed retainer requires regular cleaning just like traditional or lingual braces.
Interdental brushes have narrow, bristle heads at an angle. They are good for helping remove plaque and food particles. Some people prefer a dental water jet or oral irrigator. A floss threader can come in handy if you are having issues with getting floss between the teeth anchoring the wire.
You should avoid chewing gum or eating sticky and hard foods. This can bend the wire or even cause some of the cement holding it in place to come loose. Damage to the fixed retainer wire or loosened adhesive can increase the amount of time you need to wear it, so call us immediately if something happens. If a wire does come loose and is threatening to harm your gums or tongue you can secure the point in some orthodontic wax.
If you have any questions or concerns about your fixed retainer, please call us at 425-888-1896 to schedule an appointment.