The standard lower retainer that we use is a fixed stabilizing wire
for which a few characteristics are described below:
- The wire is placed on the tongue side of the teeth and is
- It is bonded (glued) to the canines and thus cannot be removed by
the patient (fixed).
- This lower retainer can stay in the mouth many years without any
problems if the patient’s oral hygiene is adequate.
- If the retainer becomes loose or falls off, communicate with our
office so that we can evaluate if it is necessary to rebond it.
- Do not throw it out because it can often be rebonded.
- We do not use any removable retention shells in the lower jaw like
we do for the maxillary arch because the fixed wire used is usually
more than sufficient to maintain teeth in place. Moreover, patients
find it more uncomfortable for the tongue.
- In certain cases where important rotation of a lower incisor was
present before treatment, we can bond this tooth to the retention
wire. If a lower incisor really moved, it would be possible to
correct it simply by using an elastic band attached to the