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What is a bonded dental retainer?

A bonded dental retainer is typically a piece of wire or fiber cord that is attached to some teeth to keep them from moving. It is commonly used after a person had braces to keep the teeth in their new position while their supporting structures -- the gums and jawbone -- finish resetting to the new position.

Other times it is used when teeth have become loose due to trauma or gum disease.

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