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VOLUME 8 , ISSUE 7 ( November, 2007 ) > List of Articles


A Method for Stabilizing a Lingual Fixed Retainer in Place Prior to Bonding

Sulaiman Al-Emran, Rakan Barakati

Citation Information : Al-Emran S, Barakati R. A Method for Stabilizing a Lingual Fixed Retainer in Place Prior to Bonding. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007; 8 (7):108-113.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-8-7-108

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-03-2009

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; The Author(s).



The objective of this article is to present a simple technique for stabilizing a lingual fixed retainer wire in place with good adaptation to the teeth surfaces and checking for occlusal interferences prior to the bonding procedure.


Bonding of an upper or lower fixed lingual retainer using stainless steel wires of different sizes and shapes is a common orthodontic procedure. The retainer can be constructed in a dental laboratory, made at chair side, or it can be purchased in prefabricated form. All three ways of creating a fixed retainer are acceptable. However, the method of holding the retainer wire in place adjacent to the lingual surfaces of the teeth before proceeding with the bonding process remains a problem for some practitioners.


The lingual fixed retainer was fabricated using three pieces of .010” steel ligature wire which were twisted into a single strand wire. Another four to five 0.010” pieces of steel ligature wires were twisted in the same way to serve as an anchor wire from the labial side of the teeth. The retainer wire was bonded using the foible composite.


The technique presented here for stabilizing the retainer wire prior to bonding provides good stabilization, adaptation, and proper positioning of the retainer wire while eliminating contamination of etched surfaces which might arise during wire positioning before bonding. This technique also allows the clinician the opportunity to check the occlusion and adjust the retainer wire to avoid occlusal interference prior to bonding maxillary retainers. This same clinical strategy can be used to stabilize wires for splinting periodontally affected teeth and traumatized teeth.


Al-Emran S, Barakati R. A Method for Stabilizing a Lingual Fixed Retainer in Place Prior to Bonding. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007 November; (8)7:108-113.

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