Hygienists love the satisfaction of seeing these before and afters. At home cleaning of fixed lingual retainers can be difficult. But done correctly you can delay the build up of calculus. These retainers are necessary after orthodontic work to maintain the lower teeth position. Without this wire there is a high chance your teeth would move back towards their original position. Your lingual retainer may not look like this one either, they do come in different sizes and shapes.
One of the most challenging things about having a permanent retainer is keeping it clean. Unfortunately they tend to accumulate plaque and require more time and effort when you are flossing.
There are several ways to floss bonded retainers,
- Inter dental brushes like Piksters fit between the teeth and are one of our favorites! Below are some examples of what we recommend and they can be bought from grocery stores and pharmacies. We generally recommend starting with the smallest size and then moving up until you find the size that fits snuggle between the teeth.
- Super floss has a little plastic reinforced end that can be used to help direct floss between the teeth and under your retainer wire. Once the floss is under the wire, it can be moved up and down the sides of the adjacent teeth to remove plaque as normal. However – you’ll need to re-thread the floss between every individual tooth.
At your next hygiene appointment ask Nicole or Ruth if you need instructions
If you have any questions please call us on 07 4725 3366