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What complications are associated with getting a wire dental retainer?

The two main complications with getting a wire dental retainer are keeping your teeth and gums clean, and making sure the wire stays in place. It’s important to have good oral hygiene when wearing a wire dental retainer, including brushing your teeth well twice a day, especially behind your teeth where the wire is attached. You should also floss daily between the wire and the gums to remove plaque and keep your gums in good health. You can also buy a special loop to thread the dental floss through the space under the wire, available in drugstores or pharmacies. Your orthodontist or dentist can probably give you a sample as well.

The other possible complication is that the cement holding the wire retainer in place can dislodge, and the wire will no longer be attached to the tooth. This can happen naturally, or from eating something hard or sticky, like crusty bread or caramel. Make sure to be especially careful when eating hard or sticky food as it can damage the wire retainer.

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