Posted on: September 25th, 2018
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Can I remove the wire retainer behind my teeth?

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Great news!  You can replace your permanent wire retainer with a removeable clear retainer.  However, keeping your smile straight now depends on you – not the wire. 

Four out of five orthodontic patients are teenagers. Not surprisingly, teens do not follow their doctor’s directions as well as adults.  Even adults struggle to create new habits – like wearing a removeable clear retainer every day during sleep. 

Many orthodontists prefer permanent wire retainers.  Doctors feel it better protects their patients’ smile than a removeable clear retainer.  When braces are removed your teeth can become crooked again unless they are retained in place. Long ago, doctors created several types of devices to hold your teeth in place and named them – wait for it – “retainers”.   

A wire retainer acts like a removeable clear retainer – it prevents your teeth from moving.  However, wire retainers can trap food.  They can also make it hard to floss and clean your teeth.  But, you do not need to remember to wear a wire retainer because it’s permanent.  Or is it?   

Just like braces, if you bite down on something hard you can bend the wire or break the bond that holds your teeth to the wire.  Once broken, your wire retainer no longer works.  You may not even know if you broke your wire retainer.   

Allie, a REATAIN™ customer, switched from a wire retainer to a removeable clear retainer.  She noted, “I looked in the mirror one day and noticed that one of my lower teeth had moved.  I didn’t realize it was no longer attached to the wire.”  Allie caught the problem early – before braces were needed to fix the rotated tooth.   

If you want to remove your permanent wire retainer, just follow these three steps.   

Step #1: Get a digital impression of your teeth with the wire retainer in place.  

Step #2: Order a clear retainer that fits over the top of your wire retainer.   

Step #3: Ask your dentist or orthodontist to remove your wire retainer.   

At REATAIN we specialize in helping our customers safely transition from permanent wire retainers to removeable clear retainers.  

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