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How can I help my child feel comfortable wearing a wire dental retainer?

You can explain to your child that the retainer is the last step in the orthodontic process, and that the retainer will keep his teeth in the correct alignment after all of the hard work of having braces is done. Unlike braces, which were likely visible on the front of your child’s teeth, a wire dental retainer is glued behind the teeth so it’s largely invisible. That’s a big advantage, as well as the fact that your child can eat, drink, and sleep with the wire dental retainer in place.

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