Now that your orthodontic treatment is complete, permanent retainers will be placed on your teeth. A permanent retainer is a small wire that is glued behind the back of the front teeth. There are two types of permanent retainers one that is glued to each individual tooth, and another that is glued only to the teeth on the ends.
A floss threader is a helpful tool to floss both types of retainers. First pass a piece of floss through the threader, and then insert beneath the wire. Pull the floss forward until it's beneath the retainer what's beneath the wire floss as you normally would.
If the wire is glued to each individual tooth, you will need to pull the floss out, and then be inserted between each tooth.
If the wire is glued to just the teeth on the end, then you will be able to pull the floss through once and then continue to floss, all of the teeth behind the wire.
Make sure to floss beneath your retainer every day. With practice, this will become quick and easy.
Congratulations again on completing your orthodontic treatment!
DO YOU NEED HELP WITH YOUR PERMANENT RETAINER?
Call or text your nearest Beglin Orthodontics location today to schedule a consultation with a member of our team of orthodontic experts. They can teach you how to clean your retainer, schedule you with our awesome orthodontist for important recall visits and repair any problems with your retainer. For your convenience, we have orthodontist offices in Carson City, Dayton, Yerington, Mammoth Lakes or Bishop