Frequently Asked Questions
Is an Orthodontist the same as a dentist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has completed three extra years of specialist training in university. Some dentists perform basic orthodontic procedures, but more complex orthodontic cases require a specialist. You may be referred to our clinic by your general dentist but we do not require a referral for a consultation.
Is orthodontic treatment just for children / teenagers?
No, about 30% of our patients are adults. If you find your teeth have shifted over the years or you just want great new, smile, call in and let us help.
Why should I get orthodontic treatment?
Whilst it is great to have a strong, confident smile it is also more difficult to care for misaligned teeth. Crowded teeth are often difficult to protect from cavities. Plaque may build-up as it’s very difficult to properly care for misaligned teeth. Spaces may allow food to be trapped.
BONDED WIRE RETAINER
What is a bonded wire retainer?
A bonded wire retainer is a small wire fixed to the inside of the top or bottom front teeth.
How does the bonded retainer work?
The bonded wire retainer is fixed to the inside surfaces of the teeth and prevents the teeth moving out of line after a brace has been removed.
Will it hurt?
There should be no pain or discomfort.
How can I clean my teeth and the retainer?
Extra care must be taken when cleaning your teeth and the wire retainer. Special dental floss (such as Oral-B Superfloss) can be used to clean around the wire. Your dentist or orthodontist will show you how to clean and check your retainer.
How long will the retainer need to be in place?
As long as the retainer is intact it is better to leave it in place. Removal may allow the teeth to move even years later.
Will there be any permanent damage?
Poor cleaning and too many fizzy drinks can cause permanent decay marks. The importance of thorough brushing and the use of a fluoride toothpaste cannot be emphasised enough. You must make sure you visit your dentist for annual check ups if you have a bonded wire retainer.
How often should I return for check ups?
The retainer will be checked periodically by your orthodontist until you are discharged from the practice, this is usually 2 years after your fixed brace is removed. After you are discharged, if the retainer is still in place you will be responsible to ensure your retainer is checked as part of your dental check up.
How successful will it be?
You must learn to check the bonded retainer yourself to ensure it is not damaged. Occasionally the wire retainer will need repairing or replacing and we will do that for you until you are discharged from the practice. Afterwards you will need to pay your orthodontist to repair or replace your retainer. So long as the retainer is firmly in place your teeth will stay straight.