A fixed lingual retainer or bonded palatal retainer is usually made of a braided stainless steel wire. It is connected to the tongue or palatal side of the teeth with a dental composite resin.
A fixed lingual retainer is used to hold the teeth connected to it in position and prevent relapse, or undesirable movement of the front teeth. Retainers are an important part of the orthodontic process and along with removable retainers – fixed retainers provide an additional layer of protection against relapse.
We encourage patients to floss with either a floss threader or superfloss to clean their fixed retainer. Where that is difficult or not possible, a water flosser or intraoral irrigator is recommended to assist in hygiene.
Flossing with regular floss
What to expect
Upon initial placement, it is normal for the tongue to feel aware of the new wire behind the front teeth. After a few days, the fixed retainer will feel natural and comfortable.
Call friends or family on the phone and use lots of S sounds, which often prove the most challenging initially.
Fixed retainers are excellent retainers – but are NOT capable of lasting forever! Good maintenance and careful home care generally prolong the lifespan of any retainer – but all will require replacement after sufficient time
Retention is as important as the treatment itself and is essential to the long-term maintenance of your new bite and smile.