Retainers

Retainers are used after you have had your teeth straightened to ensure that they remain in their new straight position. It essential that retainers are worn as recommended by your Eustace Dental & Implant Clinic dentist in Sevenoaks, in order to ensure you continue to enjoy your new, straighter smile.

There are 2 main types of retainer available:

  • Bonded retainers 
  • Removable retainers

Bonded retainers

A bonded retainer is fixed/bonded to your teeth and is not removable. It is fixed to the inside of your teeth so it is completely discrete. As bonded retainers are a permanent fixture, your teeth will stay in their new positions and will not be able to move back to where they were before. Bonded retainers do not require any special looking after, they are very easy to clean. You will simply need to brush your teeth as normal to make sure they stay clean.

  • Discrete
  • Minimum pain
  • Easy to clean
  • It is fixed so you can’t forget to put it back in
  • The patient has to carry on attending check-ups to make sure that the retainer is still fully functional

Removable retainers

Removable retainers can easily be taken out by the patient. The removable retainer functions in the same way as bonded retainers but they are not as discrete. 

We recommend that you wear your retainer for 20-22 hours a day, and that you only take it out to eat, drink and brush your teeth.

  • Easy to clean
  • Retainer has to be removed to eat and drink
  • Have to remember to put retainer back in after eating or teeth will begin to shift back into their original positions
  • Retainer is visible to others

Your local Sevenoaks dentist will discuss your need for retainers, and advise how long you should wear these each day (for removable retainers). Should you have any other questions, please get in touch on 01732 452233.

Meet our Specialist Orthodontist


Manjinder Bains

Manjinder graduated as a Dental Surgeon from King's College London in 2001 with the award of two prizes in recognition of her academic achievements. She used her subsequent hospital and practice experience to develop a wide range of dental skills. This included paediatrics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, dental public health and the management of anxious patients. She simultaneously pursued two years of postgraduate study and achieved her MFDS qualification with the Royal College of Surgeons.

Manjinder then pursued her passion for Orthodontics by completing three years of full-time specialist training at Guy's hospital. She qualified there in 2008 with an MSc and MOrth, and was selected to represent Guys at on overseas exchange visit to Shanghai. Her research into orthodontic education earned a Distinction and was published in the European Journal of Dental Education. She has also published in the British Dental Journal and presented at the British Orthodontic Conference and at the British Orthodontic Society. Her professional memberships include the BOS, EOS and BDA.

Manjinder has experience in providing NHS and Private orthodontic treatment to children and adults in both hospital and specialist practice. She offers a range of treatments including invisible braces (fixed onto the inside of the teeth), clear ceramic braces, Damon braces, and other removable braces and retainers. Her aim is to provide treatment without removing teeth, to enhance facial as well as smile aesthetics for the long term. She is a down-to-earth and friendly professional who will guide you through your treatment options to determine a plan tailored to your individual needs.

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