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Article: Volume 47 Number 5 Page 421 - May 2020

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  Dent Update 2020; 47: 421-432

Orthodontics:  Orthodontic Bonded Retainers: a Narrative Review

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Abstract: Indefinite retention is now considered essential to prevent relapse after orthodontic treatment. Compliance with removable retainer wear is suboptimal and appears to decline with time post-treatment. As a result, use of bonded retainers may become more commonplace in the future. In this narrative review, the characteristics of bonded retainers are outlined and a summary of the evidence from randomized clinical trials regarding their effectiveness is provided. Guidance is also offered regarding care and maintenance.

Clinical relevance: All general dental practitioners (GDPs) should be familiar with types of bonded retainers, evidence relating to their effectiveness and the GDP’s role regarding their care and maintenance.

Author notes: Maurice J Meade, BDS, MDPH, MFDS RCS (Edin), MJDF RCS(Eng), DClinDent(Ortho), MOrth RCS(Edin), Orthodontic Unit, The School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia and Declan T Millett, BDSc, DDS, FDS RCPS(Glasg), FDS RCS(Eng), DOrth RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Eng), FHEA, Professor of Orthodontics/Consultant, Orthodontic Unit, Cork University Dental School and Hospital, University College Cork, Ireland.

Objective: To highlight the types of bonded retainer, evidence relating to their effectiveness, and their care and maintenance for the GDP.