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At what age can my child get a wire dental retainer?

If your child is old enough to have had braces, your child is old enough to have a wire dental retainer. The advantage of the wire dental retainer is that it cannot get lost -- unlike other types of removable retainers -- as the wire retainer is glued behind the teeth and is permanent. Make sure your child knows how to brush his teeth and floss properly, so the wire doesn’t trap food and debris, and plaque doesn’t build up, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

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