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TECHNICAL TIP
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 63

A simple technique for stabilizing fixed retainer wires after de-bonding


1 Resident, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Cairo University, Cairo, Giza, Egypt
2 Lecturer, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Cairo University, Cairo, Giza, Egypt
3 Professor, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Cairo University, Cairo, Giza, Egypt

Date of Submission26-Oct-2015
Date of Acceptance03-Jan-2016
Date of Web Publication4-Feb-2016

Correspondence Address:
Jaber Abdullah Al-Mazhani
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Cairo University, Cairo, Giza
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0301-5742.175736

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  Abstract 

Many orthodontists believe that the only way to maintain the ideal alignment after orthodontic treatment would be by permanent retention in the form of a fixed lingual wire. Broken or de-bonded retainers are difficult to be replaced as securing them in place becomes more difficult after removal of the fixed orthodontic appliance. Introduced here a simple technique developed for stabilizing the fixed retainer wire after de-bonding.

Keywords: Broken fixed retainer, fixed retainer, stabilizing fixed retainer


How to cite this article:
Al-Mazhani JA, El-Sharaby FA, Mostafa YA. A simple technique for stabilizing fixed retainer wires after de-bonding. J Indian Orthod Soc 2016;50:63

How to cite this URL:
Al-Mazhani JA, El-Sharaby FA, Mostafa YA. A simple technique for stabilizing fixed retainer wires after de-bonding. J Indian Orthod Soc [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Jan 20];50:63. Available from: http://www.jios.in/text.asp?2016/50/1/63/175736

Many orthodontists believe that the only way to maintain the ideal alignment after orthodontic treatment would be by permanent retention in the form of a fixed lingual wire. This fixed wire is bonded to the anterior teeth from canine to canine and is left in the mouth for a long period of time. Traditionally, the mandibular permanent retainers are bonded to the teeth while the fixed appliance is still there to help in supporting the retainer while being bonded. Broken or de-bonded retainers are difficult to replace as securing them in place becomes more difficult after removal of the fixed orthodontic appliance. Introduced here a simple technique for stabilizing the fixed retainer wire after de-bonding without the use of customized jigs [1] or elastomeric modules [2] as the former could be time consuming while the latter could result in spacing of teeth following wire fixation. The technique depends on stabilizing old elastic ligature rod on the labial surface of the teeth from canine to canine with ligature wires. Etching and bonding procedures can then be easily performed [Figure 1]. This technique can be also useful while splinting periodontally compromised teeth.
Figure 1: (a) Old elastic ligature rod; (b) rod on labial surface stabilizing fixed retainer wire by aid of ligature wire from canine to canine; (c) etch and bond easily performed at this point; (d) easily formed and adapted fixed retainer

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1.
Naik RD, Gandedkar NH. Wire jigs for stabilizing lingual retainers. J Clin Orthod 2011;45:274.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Hattarki RS, Keluskar KM. Securing a lingual retainer wire with orthodontic separators. J Clin Orthod 2012;46:41.  Back to cited text no. 2
    


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